Sauces made with ground beef and finely chopped vegetables such as this slow cooker recipe are common in Northern Italy. This meaty sauce makes a lot so serve some over pasta tonight and freeze the remainder for another meal.

Source: Family Circle
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Ingredients

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For serving:

Directions

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  • Place carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped.

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  • In a large bowl, mix vegetables, ground beef, diced tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, sugar and beans. Add half of each: Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir until combined.

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  • Place mixture in a 6-quart slow cooker and cook 5-1/2 hours on high or 8-1/2 hours on low.

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  • Stir in remaining Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.

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  • For 8 servings, toss half the meat sauce with rigatoni; serve with grated cheese, if desired. Reserve other half of the sauce for future meals. May be frozen, tightly covered, for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; total fat 8g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 41mg; sodium 505mg; carbohydrates 52g; fiber 4g; protein 22g.

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