Monday, January 5, 2009

Easy Cheesy Rigatoni

Today was the first day back to work, school, piano lessons, cheer team practice and, of course, the resuming of homework. For my weekly menu planning this meant putting my faithful crock-pot back to work to have dinner ready between activities. Knowing the kids would be mentally and physically exhausted tonight, I didn't want to spring any new dishes on them and encounter finicky taste buds and short tempers so I prepared one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. This dinner can be ready to place in the crock pot in under 20 minutes and is very versatile to please any picky palate. You might want to add sausage to the hamburger to spice it up a little, add mushrooms or onions for texture or use a variety of cheeses to change the taste. Change it up to best fit your family's pleasure. Enjoy!

Rigatoni

28-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
12-oz. rigatoni, cooked
1-1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, browned
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb. pepperoni slices

1. In a 4-quart slow cooker, layer half of each ingredient in order listed. Repeat.
2. Cover. Cook on Low 4-5 hours.

Source: Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

6 comments:

HoneyB said...

Ok, its 10:39 PM here and I can barely keep my eyes open anymore....but I saw you had a new post, so I HAD to come see! Looks delicious! :)

Michelle said...

That looks delicious! I will have to try it. I am always looking for new crock pot recipes.

Tracy said...

i got 2 fix-it-and-forget-it cookbooks for christmas and i love them!! in fact, i made some yummy stuffed peppers in the crockpot last night :)

Kaitlin said...

Yum this is SO singing to me..I want it NOW! Great job.

Kelly Weaver said...

This was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for allowing us to eat this wonderful meal with you and your family. I really enjoy spending time with you and your family. Next time we may have to have you all over. We may be cramped for space, but we would love to have you!

Rachel said...

This was a big hit with my husband and kids!!! I will definitely make it again!!!