Cook sausage in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat, until cooked through. Drain fat.
Place sausage, beans, pasta sauce, bell pepper, onion, salt, and black pepper in slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH 2 to 3 hours.
Serve with rice. Garnish with basil, if desired.
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