Monday, August 20, 2012

Mmm, Mmm Monday - Crock-Pot Ravioli Casserole

Once school starts, I am on the hunt for quick and easy recipes. If it can be done in the crock-pot, I love it even more. While this recipe was delicious, I wouldn't say it necessarily needed to be done in the crock-pot and it isn't one I would be able to throw together in the morning before school. This would make a great weekend meal to come home to though!

Crock-Pot Ravioli Casserole
Recipe from Becoming Betty

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed (I used fresh spinach)
16 oz. bowtie past, cooked
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

First set of ingredients

Brown the ground beef with onions and garlic.

Put in the crock-pot and add the sauce, stewed tomatoes, and seasonings. I did this step the night before. The next morning, I cooked it on low for 6-7 hours.
The second set of ingredients.  I also cooked the pasta the night before.
Add the spinach, pasta, Parmesan and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Mix well and top with the remaining cheese. Turn on high and cook for 30 more minutes. I cooked mine a little longer to make sure my cold noodles were thoroughly warmed.

We served ours with warm, crusty bread.
Reviews from The Peanut Gallery:

Me: 4 out of 5 stars. This was really good, but could have been done without the crock-pot. When cooking crock-pot recipes, I'm a "throw it all in" kinda girl. I really loved the addition of the fresh spinach and stewed tomatoes. I love sneaking in those veggies!

Andy: 5 out of 5 stars. He has already requested that this be made again.

This recipe has meat and offensive noodle shapes. She ate it, but not without some drama. Normal kids would love it, though.
She ate it up without complaint. She tried to pick the spinach out, but chopping the spinach up prior to adding it would be an easy fix.

2 sweet somethings said:

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Love the fact that Emma is wearing a Lotts shirt! The recipe looks great, too, but I'd have to use some smaller chunks of slimy cooked tomatoes :)

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@Laura MillerHa! We have to represent!