I am looking for recipes for using pasta, lasagna noodles or spaghetti that you can do in the crock pot.
Theresa from Mount Olive, NC
There are some great websites online for slow cookers (crock pots). When I am looking fro something new, I just google it. Usually if you google the words "slow cooker", you can get hundreds of hits. It it's pasta, you want to try slow cooker pasta". Like I said, there are tons of sites out there. Some you can adjust the amount of servings you want and all of them can be printed out. And it's free! You don't have to buy a book or anything, just print out what you like.
My experience is that pasta tends to get gummy when done in the crockpot.
I've made crockpot lasagna dozens of times from the recipe on the back of the box of lasagna noodles. You use the uncooked noodles and cook on low. I['m sorry I don't have the recipe or the box of noodles now. If I can find the recipe, I'll post it for you. I've also made wonderful mac & cheese in the crockpot.
You can google recipes, just use keywords like crockpot or slowcooker pasta etc. There are also crockpot groups on yahoo who share hundreds of good TNT recipes every day.
Hope that helps.
Here's an easy rice recipe for the crockpot.
Crockpot Pizza Rice
2 cups rice, uncooked
3 cups chunky pasta sauce (I use 2 cans)
2 1/2 cups water
7 oz. can mushrooms, undrained
4 oz. pepperoni, sliced
1 cup grated cheese
Combine first 5 ingredients. Stir and then cover. Cook on Low 10 hrs or on High 6 hrs. Sprinkle with cheese before serving. Makes about 6 large servings.
Here's a mac and cheese recipe.
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
1 cup or 8 oz. elbow macaroni
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 can evaporated milk (12oz.)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Coat the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat eggs with fresh and evaporated milks. Mix in uncooked macaroni and 3 cups shredded cheese. Pour into crockpot and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Do not stir or remove lid while cooking.
Here's a good lasagna recipe. I make this "meatless" style also by leaving out the meat and using spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, or whatever veggies I have instead of the ground beef.
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce (I use 2 lg.cans chunky pasta sauce)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (I don't use the paste)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 (12 oz) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
12 oz. cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet over medium heat cook the ground
beef, onion, and garlic until brown. Add the tomato
sauce, tomato paste, salt, and oregano and stir
until well mixed.
In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, grated parmesan cheese, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Spray the crockpot with cooking spray.
Spoon a layer of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the crockpot.
Add a double layer of the uncooked lasagna noodles.
Break them to fit noodles into crockpot.
Top noodles with a portion of the cheese mixture.
Repeat the layering of meat sauce, noodles, and cheese until all the ingredients are used. End with the cheese mixture or save some of the cheese for the top.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Crock Pot Ravioli
* 1 (25 ounce) bag beef ravioli
* 1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
* 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
* 1 cup water
* 2-3 teaspoons red pepper
* Italian spices
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Pour about half of the pasta sauce in the bottom of crock pot.
Add frozen ravioli.
Pour additional pasta sauce, tomato sauce, water, and red pepper over ravioli (I usually pour the pasta sauce on first and then shake together the tomato sauce, water, and red pepper in the empty pasta sauce jar to mix them).
Sprinkle Italian seasonings over sauces.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Turn crock pot on low and cook for 4-5 hours (until ravioli are tender).
Give it a good stir
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