9ounceslean ground beefoptional - use only ground chicken or turkey instead of a beef/poultry combination
9ounceslean ground chickenor turkey
1carrotmedium, peeled and diced
30ounceswhole peeled tomatoescans, or diced tomatoes, with liquid
1teaspoonkosher or sea salt
1/3teaspoonground black pepper
Italian parsleyfor garnish
Over medium-high heat, in a skillet add the ground meat and cook while breaking up with a fork. Cook just until it's no longer pink. Drain off any fat and add to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 - 8 hours or high 3 - 4. If desired, garnish with fresh Italian parsley.
Use the meat sauce for spaghetti or other pasta dishes. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.