Thank you to my neighbor, Miss Deb, for this fabulous recipe. We made it a couple times over the holidays and absolutely adored it. It's hearty, filling and has great flavor.
1 -28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
1 - 14oz can Diced Tomatoes
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 pkg pepperoni
1 green pepper, washed and diced
1 red onion, washed and diced
1 Tbs. Minced Garlic
1 8oz pkg whole mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp basil
Drizzle of Olive Oil
1/2 - 1 tsp red pepper flakes (*optional)
Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Dump both cans of tomatoes into the crockpot, set aside nearby.
Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper for a few minutes until onions are nearly translucent. Add garlic, oregano and basil, saute for another second to incorporate. Dump into the tomatoes that are in the crockpot.
Brown the ground beef (or turkey) over medium heat until no longer
Just prior to serving, sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese if desired and serve with garlic breadsticks made out of pizza dough. (as you can see from the picture, biscuits will do in a pinch too!)