1 lb hot Italian sausage, casing removed
1/2 a large red onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes with roasted garlic
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 1/8 tsp oregano
1 tsp fennel seed
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
whole-wheat pita chips
1 pkg (8-oz) mozzarella cheese
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, carrot, and red bell pepper; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break-up. Cook 7 to 8 minutes until well browned. Transfer meat to a slow cooker or crockpot; stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, and sugar. Add lid to cooker and cook for 2 to 3 hours on high setting or 4 to 6 hours on low setting. Mixture should be simmering and thickened when it is done. Before serving, stir in the mozzarella cheese and stir to start melting.
Serve with the pita chips.
Serves 10 to 12.