Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


1 lb mild or hot Italian sausage (depending on your heat preference)
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 can (28-oz) peeled Italian plum tomatoes
1 can (29-oz) tomato puree
1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, diced
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
Hot cooked spaghetti for 8 servings
Chopped fresh basil for garnish, if desired
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, if desired

In a large skillet, combine the sausage, beef, onion, and garlic; cook, stirring to crumble, until the meats are cooked through (about 8 minutes). Drain in a colander.

Transfer meat mixture to the slow cooker and add the tomatoes, tomato puree, chipotle pepper, sugar, Italian seasoning and salt; stir to combine. Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 5 to 8 hours.

Serve over the hot spaghetti and garnish with the basil and/or Parmesan cheese, as desired.

Note: I have had this recipe for a few years and I don't remember where it originated.

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