There has been recent discussion about crock pot meals among some of my friends. My family’s favorite “Crock Pot Mac and Cheese” came up, so I gave that recipe out a few more times. The best part about that recipe is that you do NOT cook the noodles first. You can put it together in moments, and then walk away, and 2 1/2 hours later, you have dinner! Who doesn’t love that?
Lasagna is another favorite crock pot pasta dish in my family. I have to give credit to my sister, Sue Ann, for this one. I don’t know where she found the recipe, but it’s a great one. And again, you DON’T have to cook the noodles first. (Next time I make it, I will take a picture, and update this post…of course…I said that a couple of years ago with the mac and cheese one, and yep…still no pictures!)
- 1-16 oz pkg. bow tie pasta (I have successfully used other shapes)
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- parmesan cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- 1 large jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 pound ground beef
Spray crock or line with crock pot liners (BEST INVENTION EVER!) Place layers in crock pot: Sauce, noodles, sour cream/cottage cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers til you are out of ingredients or the crock is full. Cook on high 4 hours.
If the sauce seems super thick or things don’t seem to even out well, I will sometimes add a cup of boiling water, just to help the noodles cook.
Another family favorite! Thanks, Aunt SueAnn!