Spicy Sausage Pizza Dip

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
1 7 1/2-oz. can tomatoes, cut up
1/2 6 oz. can tomato paste (1/3 cup)
2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 cup chopped black olives
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Dippers: breadsticks, breaded mozzarella cheese sticks, and green sweet pepper strips

1. In a large skillet cook Italian Sausage, onion, and garlic till meat is brown and onion is tender; drain well.

2. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker combine sausage mixture, tomato sauce, undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar, and red pepper. Stir all ingredients together. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

3. Stir in Olives. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese. Serve with desired dippers.

4. Makes 3 1/2 cups dip.

Per serving: 106 calories, 6 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (2 g saturated), 19 mg cholesterol, 472 mg sodium, 298 mg potassium.

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