Crock Pot Pizza Pasta
By Chef Lippe
Great meals can come from a crock pot believe it or not and the best part is you start it in the morning and then spend the day at the beach and come home to a great meal. A crock pot meal in the summer does not heat your kitchen up and with the kids at home from school it really frees up your day.
Here is my families favorite crock pot pizza. You can change the toppings to any toppings your family likes.
1 pound rigatoni uncooked
2 jars tomato sauce (or your own marinara sauce)
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 pound ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage (removed from casing)
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 – 2 cups sliced mushrooms
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or any combo of cheese that you enjoy)
Sliced pepperoni to taste
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat. Set to side. Do the same with the sausage, making sure pieces are small.
Mix the sauce, uncooked pasta and oregano in a large bowl.
Spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spay.
Make layers using half of each ingredient and then repeat using other half. (pasta, cheese, meat, onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepperoni) Finish top layer with cheese and a few pieces of pepperoni on top to look like a pizza. Have fun with toppings adding a as much or as little as you like. If you don’t like mushrooms add olives. Be creative and have fun.
Use lots of sauce because the pasta absorbs a lots it cooks. I even add extra like it was a layer of its own.
Cook on low heat for 6 hours.