Fiesta Pasta Sauce

Margie Janke, Fullerton, ND
Developed as a way to get her children to willingly eat dry beans. It worked!

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Ingredients

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 12-ounce bottle chili sauce
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup green pepper, coarsely chopped
2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained OR 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
5 large garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dry basil, crushed
24 ounces medium shell or linguine pasta

Number of Servings : 9

Serving Size: 1 cup

Margie Janke, Fullerton, ND
Developed as a way to get her children to willingly eat dry beans. It worked!

Directions

  1. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, brown sausage.
  2. Drain grease. Return sausage to pan and add 1 cup water to meat.
  3. Bring water to a boil. Pour into a strainer and drain.
  4. Combine all ingredients, except pasta, in a slow cooker.
  5. Cook 4 hours on High OR 8-12 hours on low.
  6. Cook pasta, serve sauce over pasta.
  7. Garnish with cheese, if desired.

Refrigerate or freeze leftovers. Reheat in microwave.

Yield: Nine one-cup servings.