Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Crock-pot Ravioli Casserole

I found this recipe in a Rival cookbook at my Aunt Annette's house.  I get so excited about good crock-pot recipes.  They come in so handy on busy days and especially on Sundays, when we come home from church starving and ready to eat.  This was filling and flavorful and the kids loved it!  Three stars in our house.
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt/pepper
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed (I used fresh spinach)
16 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

*Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Put in crock-pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.  Add the last 4 ingredients during the last 30 minutes of cooking and turn crock-pot to high.  I added the fresh spinach, pasta, parmesan and 1 cup of the mozzarella and I mixed it all up really well.  Then I added the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on the top.

31 comments:

Julie said...

Hello!!
I love your site! I hope you don't mind but I gave you a shout out on my teacher blog. I cut and pasted this recipe and raved about your site. If you don't want me to do this in the future just let me know. Thanks for all the yummy ideas!
I'm making this tomorrow.

Julie
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

emilybites said...

How many servings does this make?

Rachel Cunningham said...

We have six people in our family and we had leftovers, so I would say 8 servings.

Angie said...

I found your recipe on Pinterest. We are in the midst of a kitchen renovation so new crock-pot recipes are a must. This was easy and excellent. Thanks so much!!

JoAnn said...

What size can of stewed tomatoes??

Rachel Cunningham said...

I used a 15 oz. can of stewed tomatoes. Sorry I should put that on there!

missabeaver said...

Have you tried to put the ground beef in the crock-pot raw and turn in on high instead of cooking the meat first?

The Jenkins Jabber said...

Made this tonight!! Really good! Just bake some Texas toast and you have a great meal!!

luvLayton said...

Can you just use good ol Ragu? Or any other pasta sauce rather than tomato sauce and all the seasonings?

linda9861 said...

Any ideas on what I could substitute for the tomatoes? Food allergies here and this sounds like it could be so good!!
Thank you

Rachel Cunningham said...

I guess you could substitute a white sauce for the tomatoes and tomato sauce but I haven't tried that so I'm not sure how it would work. If you find a good solution, let us know!

Jaime McKee said...

How much fresh spinach? This looks so good!

Jamie401 said...

In your picture, are those portion plates? As in recommended servings of each group? If so, where did you get those?

Rachel Cunningham said...

I got them at Target a long time ago but I don't think they are portion plates. Just fun plates for kids. I like the idea of portion plates, though. I might have to look for those.

The Restaurant Manager said...

Hi There! I made this today and it was amazing. My entire family loved it! Thank you!

brittney reilly said...

This was really good! I used ground turkey instead and chopped fresh spinich. Super easy and delicious!

lizzy said...

Made this tonight--but without the crock pot. Thanks for sharing, my family enjoyed it. We made a few modifications. I shared it on my blog and linked back to you.

http://lizspinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/10/pin-151-pin-152.html#

Julianna said...

This is a great recipe, although I'm still puzzled by the name (where's the ravioli?). I've made it twice, and I feel like the second time it was even better than the first because I added about a cup of wine to the cooked meat and let it reduce for a few minutes before adding it to the crock pot. It added a richness of flavor to the sauce that I think was lacking a little before.

ejl said...

Could I sub sweet Italian sausage for the ground beef?
Also, I am wondering if there is anyway to cook the meat in the crock-pot at the same time instead of browning it ahead of time? Is it just to drain after it's browned?

Rachel @ Khaos in the Kitchen said...

I just stumbled across your site (thanks Pinterest) and I can't wait to try this recipe this weekend!! I am obsessed with my crock pot and am always interested in new recipes. A few people have asked your thoughts on not precooking the meat...what do you think? I've always been afraid to put raw ground meat in the crock pot!

I am just learning to cook and am chronicling my adventures (and screw ups...ok, a LOT of screw ups) at my blog www.khaosinthekitchen.com and will feature this recipe sometime soon! Of course, look for the shoutout! I always give credit where credit is due!

James M said...

Do you cook the pasta before you put it in the crockpot for 30 mins, or do you put it in uncooked?

taylorsoutback said...

Assume you mean a 1# box of pasta = would that be alot of pasta when cooked??

Rachel Cunningham said...

James, you cook the pasta first.

taylorsoutback, it is a lot but it's the perfect amount for the recipe. You could half it if you're not feeding very many people.

Stefanie said...

This recipe looks so good I want to try it next week.

Michelle Wells said...

I like this, but my idea of a good Crockpot meal would be if you didn't have to pretty much cook everything before putting it into the Crockpot. :)

Matthew Peek said...

We tried this a few weeks back and LOVED IT! It's in my crockpot right now simmering away! It is so easy but simple rich and delicious. With texas toast and a salad it makes a great dinner. I like the idea one of the readers suggested to add a bit of wine while cooking the sauce and might try that tonight.

demaya12 said...

Big hit! I mixed half italian sausage and ground Chuck. Turned out great. Will be in my week dinner rotation.

Stacy guinther said...

What size crockpot would be best and if using frozen spinach does it need to be drained. Thanks.

Brad and Liss in DC said...

Do you think this would freeze okay if I made it all but only ate half and froze the rest? Any tips?

allizee said...

I feel like 6-7 hours is a really long time to cook if it's basically cooked already?

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