Crockpot Hot Italian Sausage & Peppers

2 lbs whole hot Italian sausages(or sweet, if you like sweet)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large diced onions
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1/2 lb fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup dry red wine or water
1 Tbsp. dried parsley leaves
1 Tbsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. oregano
3 tbsp olive oil

Cook turkey sausage in heavy skillet over medium heat until browned, turning occasionally. Layer half of the onions on bottom of 3-4 quart crockpot, then add half of the peppers and the mushrooms. Add all of the browned turkey sausage, then the rest of the onions and peppers. Add bay leaves and garlic.

Combine diced undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, and red wine in small bowl and mix well to blend. Pour over mixture in crockpot. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

One hour before mixture is done, mix together parsley, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste (TASTE IT FIRST! It may be plenty salty from the sausage....). Add to crockpot and stir well. Cover and cook one more hour until sausage is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender. I serve over pasta, and/or garlic bread like bruschetta. I've heard others use rice. Serves 8


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