Ellen Bales Recipe

By Ellen Bales Starwriter

Everyone loves a good, rich, meaty spaghetti sauce, and this recipe is all that. I've tweaked it a bit because the original calls for "the dreaded mushroom--yuck!" I'm leaving that out. And I'm adding bell pepper--yum!

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1 lb
mild or hot italian sausage
3/4 lb
lean ground beef
1 c
chopped onion
1 c
chopped bell pepper
2 clove
garlic, minced
3 c
rice krispies cereal
2 can(s)
(14-1/2 oz.ea.) diced tomatoes
2 can(s)
(8 oz.ea.) tomato sauce
1 Tbsp
dried italian seasoning
1/2 tsp
crushed fennel seeds (optional)
1/4 tsp
black pepper
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Directions Step-By-Step

In a large skillet, cook sausage until brown. Drain and place in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker.
In the same skillet, cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until beef is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain, and add ground beef mixture to sausage in slow cooker. Stir in rice krispies cereal, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, fennel, and pepper.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Stir meat mixture and serve imediately over hot cooked spaghetti.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtag: #spicy