Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crockpot (Pasta) Pizza

Looking for something simple for dinner this week? 

Here you go...you're welcome.  *-*

Let the crockpot fix dinner for you, and you'll love the ease, and the flavor!

This really isn't like a pizza...it has no crust, but it is a lovely meal and is prepared with little effort. I'm thinking it should be called Pasta Pizza!

I've had this one in my files for almost 30 years.  A friend brought it to our home that long ago and I've made it several times since.  It was high time to share it with you too!

I already had browned burger (see how to do that in the crockpot here) in the freezer, so it made this dish even easier to mix up. 

Cook the rigatoni...cut the pepperoni in half (if desired)..brown the burger if necessary... and mix everything up. 

You could combine everything but the pasta the night before, then mix it together before adding to the crockpot.  Since it only takes a few hours to cook, maybe you (or hubby?) could sneak home over lunchtime and get it going for dinner. *-*

Definitely cheesy, filling, comfort food!

Serve with garlic bread and a veggie. YUUMMMMM!


CROCKPOT PIZZA 

2/3 of 1# box of rigatoni pasta
2 lg. (16 ozs each) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
3-4 ozs. pkg. pepperoni
2 (8 ozs. each) pizza sauce
1 - 2 lbs. (lean) ground beef
1 small onion, diced, optional
(I used a couple teaspoons of dried minced onion instead)

Cook the rigatoni; drain. (be careful not to overcook)
Cut pepperoni in half if desired, or leave whole.
Brown the burger, adding (fresh) onion if using; drain.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients, reserving some of the cheese to top dish before finishing. 

Spray a 3 - 4 qt. crockpot with cooking spray. Add mixture; cook on low for 3 - 4 hours or on high for 2, stirring occasionally. About 30 minutes before serving, top with remaining cheese to melt over top; turn to high until ready to serve.

Linked to Weekend Potluck
           Meal Plan Monday
     Whatcha Crockin Wednesday

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