Italian Sausage Florentine for the Crock Pot

"A hearty dish for a busy day. Also good as party or potluck food. The flavors of Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, onions, and spinach meld perfectly in the crock pot. Despite all the healthy veggies its a real guy pleaser! ;)"
 
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Italian Sausage Florentine for the Crock Pot created by AcadiaTwo
Ready In:
6hrs 15mins
Ingredients:
6
Serves:
8-10
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directions

  • Brown sausages in skillet or on grill.
  • Peel and slice onions. Put in bottom of 6qt crock pot.
  • If using peppers, seed and slice vertically. Layer on top of the onions.
  • Pour frozen spinach into crock pot.
  • Arrange sausages on top of the spinach.
  • Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over top of everything.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours then on low for 3-4 hours. OR, thaw the spinach first and cook on low for 6+ hours.
  • Serve over pasta, over rice, or with a hearty, crusty, bread. Pass grated Parmesan at the table.
  • Note -- If preparing for a party or a potluck you may wish to slice the sausage and make 2 layers of ingredients to better control the portions. This version could have shredded mozzarella incorporated into the layers and on top.

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  1. AcadiaTwo
    Italian Sausage Florentine for the Crock Pot Created by AcadiaTwo
  2. AcadiaTwo
    This was delicious! I used red bell peppers and sweet onions, plus I scaled back the amounts for two, except the spinach which I cut that again in half as DH doesn't care for a lot of spinach even if it is disguised. We decided to make sandwiches and I have to tell you I was impressed with the flavor! Thanks for posting this crock pot method. Made for Help a Naked Recipe!
     
  3. CelticLady
    This was very yummy. I left out the spinach because neither of us like cooked spinach. I also only used one large onion instead of two. But everything else was the same. It is very similar to a favorite dish we have at our local Italian restaurant. They have chicken and sausage in theirs, so next time I think I'll add some chicken. This is definitely a repeat in our house! Thanks!
     
  4. Burned Toast
    My husband and I enjoyed this. We couldn't get the kids to eat it, though. I halved the recipe and stuffed it all into a 3.5 qt crockpot. It came out very watery, which dampened our enthusiasm for it. Maybe if we had thawed and drained the spinach, it would have been fine. We served it over spaghetti.
     
  5. dawnie808
    We loved this recipe! I browned some ground beef later in the week and used the sauce to make bolognese. I am always looking for interesting crock pot recipes, and this one is a keeper!<br/>Thanks, a great way to sneak in some spinach too :)
     

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