I absolutely love the slow cooker. I cook everything I can in there. What can be easier than throwing in all of your ingredients and not doing anything until you are ready to eat? Hours later, all of the flavors are nicely married together. Perfecto!

Ragu di Carne

Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 head garlic, diced
1/2 red pepper (or 3 mini peppers), chopped
1 lb. ground meat
2 tomatoes, diced
2 Tbsp. tomato paste concentrate (from the tube)
1/2 bottle red wine
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper
Fresh basil, chopped

Add the ingredients to the slow cooker in the order they are listed, highest setting. Chop as you go to allow some uncovered cooking time. When all ingredients are added, cover and lower to medium heat. Let cook, 5-8 hours. Serve over pappardelle or another thick pasta with fresh Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!