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Slow-Cooked Italian Dinner

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Slow-Cooked Italian Dinner

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Slow-Cooked Italian Dinner
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 266kcal


  • 1 pound beef, ground, 90% lean
  • 1 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 cup, pieces or slices mushrooms, white
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes, canned
  • 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon basil, dried
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper
  • 8 ounce spaghetti pasta, whole-wheat, dry


  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  • 4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, canned in juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon vinegar, balsamic


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to crumble.
  • Meanwhile, chop onions, slice mushrooms, and chop garlic.
  • Add beef and veggies to a crockpot; stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings, then cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Just before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain oranges.
  • While pasta cooks, toss together the spinach, orange wedges, oil, and vinegar in a large bowl.
  • Serve sauce over pasta, garnished with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese; serve salad on the side.
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Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 620mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g

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