Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Cooking Thursday

 Here's a crockpot recipe we had recently.  It's kind of like lasagna in the crock pot!  It's got meat and sauce, a cream sauce, gooey cheese and pasta you don't have to cook ahead. It makes a lot and it is yummy!

Crockpot Million Dollar Pasta

2 lbs ground beef
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese softened
½ cup sour cream
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 (24 oz) jars spaghetti sauce divided use
1 (24 oz) jar water
1 (16 oz) box cavatappi or elbw pasta
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown and crumble ground beef (season with salt and pepper.) Drain excess grease and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, minced garlic and parsley.
In the bottom of a 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker, add half a jar of spaghetti sauce.
Evenly layer half the box of the pasta on top of sauce.
Pour remaining jar of spaghetti sauce over noodles.
Pour on half a jar of water.
Then layer half the cooked ground beef mixture over top.
Dollop the entire cream cheese mixture evenly as possible over the beef layer. Do not stir.
Evenly layer the rest of the pasta on top of the cream cheese layer.
Top with remaining jar spaghetti sauce
Pour another half jar of water on top of spaghetti sauce.
Finally, layer the rest of the cooked ground beef on top.
Cover and cook on low for about 3-4 hours.
Stir mixture, then layer with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cover for an additional 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted.)


Debi said...

Looks delicious!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Yum, it has everything!

Deb J. in Utah said...

That really does look good. I am going to print this on off for my "Sunday Dinner File." Thanks, Mari!

Hootin Anni said...

I bet it's good!! Rich. But if I'd have some, the next day I wouldn't find any clothes in my closet that fit

Paula Alexandra Santos said...

That looks delicious, Mari!

Jeanette said...

That looks yummy! I make a similar dish without using the crock pot! It's always nice when you don't have to cook the pasta first! Saves work and dishes!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Ohhhh yummmmmm....


carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Holy yum!!

Debby said...

Sounds good. I want to try this - in the next couple of days.

1 question: once it's cooked how do I layer the cheese? You said to stir then layer with cheese.

Terri D said...

Easy and I'm sure it is delicious! Thanks, Mari!

Linda said...

Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. thanks for sharing the recipe. grin

Mari said...

Debby - I think that is worded wrong. Just add a layer of cheese over the top.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Wow, I will be trying this! Copied and saved. Thanks, Mari! xoxo