Italian Meat Sauce with Meatballs

This chunky, meaty sauce has a bit of heat from the sausage and red pepper. It's delicious served over pasta.—Jane McMillan, Dania Beach

Directions In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and pepper over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add the meatballs, tomato sauce,...


Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 12 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each), thawed and halved
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Hot cooked pasta

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