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Slow Cooker Sauce with Meatballs

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PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 7 hours
SERVINGS: 6
Serve a classic Italian meal without being a slave to the stove all day! Real Italian tomato sauce made with our Crushed Tomatoes, tangy Tomato Sauce and rich Tomato Paste, cooks in your slow cooker while you are away. Our meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella for the perfect pairing!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Redpack® Crushed Tomatoes in Puree
1 (29 ounce) can Redpack® Tomato Sauce
1 (6 ounce) can Redpack® Tomato Paste
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fennel
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup water
Meatball Ingredients
2 pounds ground turkey, or lean ground beef
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs, beaten
8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls, small mozzarella balls
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • In a large skillet heat extra-virgin olive oil on medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until tender. Spray 5 quart or larger slow cooker. Add onion and garlic and remaining ingredients. ; Stir to combine. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Serve on pasta of your choice.
  • Meat can be added to the sauce if desired. Below is a meatball recipe that could be added to the sauce at the beginning of the cook time.
  • Meatball Directions and Nutritional Information
  • In a large bowl mix turkey, oatmeal, basil, black pepper, garlic cloves and eggs.
  • Shape into 2 inch balls, should get 14-16 meatballs. Press 1 mozzarella ball into center of each meatball and seal inside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook just until browned on all sides. Place half of the sauce in slow cooker, add meatballs and then last half of sauce. Follow directions above for cook time.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS PER SERVING Calories 300, Fat 12g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 110mg, Sodium 115mg, Carbohydrate 5g, Fiber 1g, Protein 44g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 15%

Nutrition

Calories: 70 | Fat: 5.0g | Trans Fats: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 480mg | Carbohydrate: 13g | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 2g | Vitamin A: 20% | Vitamin C: 10% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 10%

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