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Slow Cooker Sauce with Meatballs

"Meatballs with mozzarella tucked inside are slow cooked in a savory tomato sauce and served over pasta for a hearty family meal."

Ingredients :

  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can RED GOLD® Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can RED GOLD® Tomato Sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can RED GOLD® Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Mozzarella Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions :

Prep : 30M Cook : 6M Ready in : 6H30M
  • 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 sauce 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.
  • Mozzarella Meatballs: In a large bowl mix turkey, oats, basil, black pepper, garlic cloves and eggs. Shape into 2-inch balls (should get 14 to 16 meatballs). Press 1 small mozzarella ball into center of each meatball, sealed inside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high neat. Add meatballs; cook just until browned on all side. Place half of the sauce in slow cooker, add meatballs and then last half of sauce. Cook as directed.

Notes :

  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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