Spicy Tuscan-Style Sausage Ragu (Slow Cooker Recipe)
Recipe adapted from "The Italian Slow Cooker" by Michelle Scicolone
Shared from the kitchen of OnceUponaPlate1.com by Mari
Recipe makes 10 cups
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 pound sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed (may substitute some hot Italian Sausage for part of the sweet)
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 -28 ounce can whole Italian tomatoes, chopped, and the juice
1 -28 ounce tomato puree
1 cup heavy cream
Heat the oil in a large skillet, add the sausage; breaking up into smaller pieces as you cook it to a light brown color. Add onion, cook until tender and translucent, add wine and scrap pan to loosen and release browned bits.
Pour mixture into slow cooker, add tomatoes, a pinch of salt, then cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Stir in cream and cook for 1 additional hour. Taste for seasonings and adjust. This ragu is best served on chunky, substantial cooked pasta such as rigatoni or rotelle.
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