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Cooking Method: Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot


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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Ellen Bales Recipe
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Indianapolis, IN (pop. 2.8M)
Member Since Jun 2010
Ellen's notes for this recipe:
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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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.

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user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Dec 4, 2013
I love using Italian sausage in my sauces as well as fennel seed. The rice krispies add a different twist for sure. Pinching!
user Jeanne Gliddon jgliddon45 - Dec 4, 2013
This sounds really good but I don't get the addition of rice krispies. Maybe it is to thicken the sauce which makes sense. I will pinch for the future when I want to try something different. Thanks for the recipe Ellen!
user Ellen Bales Starwriter - Dec 4, 2013
I think that's the purpose, Jeanne. It would probably add a touch of sweetness as well. Might be to thin without them.
user Bob Cooney firemanbob59 - Dec 4, 2013
My kinda sauce, all day and Unique! :) Crazy Sauce lol Pinched and Shared...

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