4 tablespoons cooking oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 can (15 1/2 oz.) tomato sauce 1 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, optional 1 pound ground beef 1 can (29 oz.) tomato puree 1 can (6 ounce size) tomato paste 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon oregano 2 pounds sausage (Italian links or country style)
Brown ground beef in 2 tablespoon hot oil in frying pan. When almost browned, add onion and continue browning until onion is tender. Pour meat and onion into 3 1/2 quart crockpot. Add puree, sauce, paste, water, salt, pepper and oregano and set dial on low setting.
Cut 2 lbs. sausage into pieces and brown in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. When brown, place sausages in sauce in crockpot. Continue cooking for 12 hours. (If you like your sauce sweeter, you could add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar to this.)