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.



For serving:


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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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; 8 g total fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 505 mg sodium. 52 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein;