Italian Meatballs and SauceThese delicious, spicy meatballs and sauce are great served over hot cooked spaghetti. Just add a salad and toasted garlic bread. Yum!

Meatballs:
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup crushed seasoned salad croûtons
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound bulk Italian sausage

Sauce:
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup beef broth
2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
3 medium carrots, diced
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Hot cooked spaghetti

1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, croûtons, onion, green pepper, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; blend well. Crumble ground turkey and Italian sausage over mixture and mix together well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place in bottom of a 5 quart slow cooker.

2. In a separate large bowl, combine the cornstarch, sugar and broth until smooth. Stir in the tomatoes, carrots, tomato paste, soup mix, garlic powder, basil and pepper flakes. Pour over the meatballs.

3. Cover and cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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