Mostaccioli, Penne, or Ziti With Meat Sauce

Mostaccioli pasta, similar to penne

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  • Total: 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs 10 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
399 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 399
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 417mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 29g
Calcium 52mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This slow cooker recipe for a meaty tomato sauce a snap to make, and it is a wonderful sauce for hot cooked mostaccioli, penne, or ziti pasta.


  • 1 pound sausage (Italian, mild or sweet)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (granulated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes with juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried, sweet)
  • 16 ounces mostaccioli (or penne or ziti)
  • Garnish: Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Brown sausage and ground beef; drain off grease. Combine all ingredients, except pasta and Parmesan cheese, in the slow cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, adding a little water near the end if the sauce seems too thick.

  3. Just before the sauce is done, cook the mostaccioli, penne, or ziti pasta in boiling salted water following the package instructions.

  4. Drain and serve the hot pasta with the sauce.

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