May 292016
 

Spaghetti is an easy meal for my husband to take to work with him, so I make quite a bit of it. With my current obsession with the crock pot, I decided to see what would happen if I added the uncooked noodles directly to the slow cooker and cooked them with the sauce. I expected to wind up with a gooey, nasty mess but was shocked to find that it turned out great. The noodles were plump and filled with flavor.

I haven’t found a jarred spaghetti sauce that I like, they’re all too sweet or bland, so I played around with tomato sauce and spices until I came up with something that I thought tasted pretty good. Not sweet, tons of tomato flavor and just a tad spicy. If you like the jarred sauce, you can always replace the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste and spices with an equal amount of your favorite sauce. That should be somewhere around 85 ounces of sauce.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti
Serves 10
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Cook Time
4 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds Italian pork sausage or hamburger or a pound of each
  2. 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 cups chopped onions
  4. 16 ounces (2-3 cups) sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  5. 1 green bell pepper (optional)
  6. 3 cans (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  7. 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  8. 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  9. 1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  10. 1 can (12 ounce) tomato paste
  11. 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried basil
  12. 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 teaspoon pepper
  15. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  16. 1-2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage/hamburger, garlic, onions, mushrooms and green bell pepper until browned. Drain.
  2. Empty 2 cans tomato sauce into slow cooker.
  3. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place on top of sauce. Cover with last can of tomato sauce.
  4. Add sausage/hamburger mixture on top of noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. On top of cheese, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs and spices.
  6. Cook on high for 3 hours. Stir well and add 1-2 cups beef broth depending on how thick or thin you like your sauce. Cook for remaining hour or until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. If you like your sauce thinner, you can always add more beef broth or water.
  2. This recipe fills a 6 quart slow cooker. If your largest size is 5 quart, consider waiting to add the sausage/hamburger mixture until you are ready to serve.
  3. If you don't like your spaghetti spicy, make sure to leave out the crushed red pepper flakes.
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Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Update: June 21, 2016
I tried this recipe with rotini instead of spaghetti noodles, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. The rotini was mushy and didn’t hold up well. I think the rotini might have been too “thin” and a thicker noodle type would have worked. I doubt I’ll try it again with rotini or noodles like it.

Update: July 13, 2016
I tried the recipe this time with macaroni noodles and it worked wonderfully. Noodles weren’t mushy this time. I had to add 2 cups of beef broth, 1 wasn’t enough. The noodles soaked up all the liquid making it an even thicker dish. It was more like Spaghetti Macaroni Casserole. I will probably make it this way from now on because macaroni would be easier for the hubby to eat at work than spaghetti noodles.

I’m going to try it with penne next.

Jan 222016
 

I didn’t have any fresh parsley, so instead of the parsley and basil, I added about 1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning instead.  You can find Italian Seasoning with the spices.  It’s a pre-mixed variety of herbs commonly used in Italian food.  Since I used pressed ham, omitted the salt since ham has such a high salt content.  It turned out pretty well.  I think next time I might try adding some cream cheese to make the dish a little creamier.

Great recipe for surprise company and brunch with family and friends.

Ham and Egg Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  2. 3 cups shredded pepper jack, mozzarella, or other favorite cheese
  3. 1/2 – 1 cup fresh mushrooms
  4. 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  5. 1 cup frozen hashbrown potatoes
  6. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  7. 2 cups diced cooked ham
  8. 8 eggs
  9. 1 3/4 cup milk
  10. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  12. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine cheeses and put 3 cups in ungreased 13×9 inch baking dish.
  2. In skillet, saute mushrooms, onions, and potatoes until tender; drain. Place over cheese and top with ham. (If using pressed ham, consider frying in the skillet to remove some of the added liquid before adding to baking dish.) Add remaining cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Pour over the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted neat the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting.
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HamEggBake

Sep 112015
 

Very easy!

When I need a side dish that goes together fast so I can concentrate on the rest of a large meal, this is one of the first recipes that springs to mind. I’ve made it for large potluck gatherings as well and there’s rarely any left.

My family loves it and it freezes well, so it’s one of my favorite go-to sides for large meals, holiday meals and other gatherings.

Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon
Easy side dish for a crowd.
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Cook Time
4 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 14.5 ounce cans green beans
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1/2-1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  4. 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  5. coarse ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
Notes
  1. Don't forget the slotted spoon!
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Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

Aug 112015
 

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table fast. Now and then, more than that I’m not willing to admit, I get distracted and realize at the last minute that I need to get dinner on quick. When those nights happen, I often make this recipe since I keep most of the ingredients on the shelf or in the freezer.

I don’t always have mushrooms around, but if I happen to have some I use them. You can also use canned mushrooms if you prefer.

Fast but hardy, this versatile dish hits the spot when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Cheesy Potato Sausage Skillet
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  2. 1 pound smoked sausage (or your favorite ring sausage variety), sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
  5. 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 box scalloped potatoes
  9. 1/2 cup salsa
  10. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Cook sausage, garlic, green onions (optional) and mushrooms (optional) over medium high heat until sausage browns.
  2. Add water and milk. Heat to boiling.
  3. Stir in potatoes and sauce mix from boxed scalloped potatoes. Add salsa and mix well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add frozen broccoli and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand until sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. This dish is great for using up leftover veggies. Instead of broccoli or in addition to, use leftover zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, green beans or anything you think would taste good with sausage and cheese sauce.
  2. Add a cup of shredded cheddar with the salsa for a more "real" cheese taste.
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potatosausageskillet01

Sep 252014
 

I remember loving my mother’s Pork Marengo as a child, so when she passed down some of her recipes to me this was one of the first I tried my hand at.

I’ve modified the recipe slightly over the years and sometimes add more mushrooms and tomatoes than listed here when I have extras that need to be used. It’s even better with fresh tomatoes.

You can substitute canned mushrooms for the fresh ones, but it’s quite a taste difference. I try to avoid canned mushrooms because they have that “canned” taste, but sometimes it’s just more convenient.

Slow Cooker Pork Marengo
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut in 1 inch cubes
  2. 2/3 cup chopped onion
  3. 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  4. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
  7. 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  10. Pepper to taste
  11. 1/3 cup cold water
  12. 3 Tablespoons flour
  13. cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Add undrained tomatoes, chicken bouillon, marjoram, salt, thyme and pepper to slow cooker. Stir well.
  2. Brown half of pork cubes, onion and mushrooms at a time in hot oil. Drain. Transfer meat mixture to slow cooker. Stir.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Turn to slow cooker to high. Blend cold water slowly into flour and stir into pork mixture. Cook uncovered on high 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Stir occasionally.
  5. Serve over hot rice.
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porkmarego02

Nov 112013
 

The original recipe calls this Company Casserole because it “has things commonly found in your kitchen” so you can whip this up when company comes over. Sadly, I don’t commonly have all these ingredients in my kitchen, and I added a few more, so company casserole isn’t fitting. But, I couldn’t think of anything else to call it. I’m not very creative when it comes to dish names. Poor Man’s Lasagna has been suggested or Italian Casserole of the Thousand Calories, but I think I’ll try to figure something else out.

Company Casserole
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs Hamburger
  2. 12 oz Wide Egg Noodles
  3. 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
  4. 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  5. 8-16 oz Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
  6. 1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
  7. 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 8 oz Cream Cheese
  9. 1 cup Sour Cream
  10. 8 oz Cottage Cheese, small curd
  11. Pepper, to taste
  12. 16 oz can Tomato Sauce
  13. 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  14. 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil egg noodles to slightly al dente. Drain well. Excess liquid will make this dish runny.
  3. Brown hamburger and drain well and set aside.
  4. Melt butter and sauté garlic, mushrooms and green onion to remove excess liquid. Drain well.
  5. In bowl combine eggs, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Mix well. Add mushroom mixture and stir.
  6. Add half the noodles to a casserole dish or 9×13 pan. Add cheese mixture then the rest of the noodles. Top with hamburger and add pepper.
  7. Spread tomato sauce evenly over the top of hamburger and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes, add mozzarella cheese and cook 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cook slightly longer if you like your cheese nice and brown.
  9. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow noodles to absorb excess liquid.
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CompanyCasserole

Oct 102011
 

This is a great recipe to make with the kids!

Shortening 8 oz pizza sauce
All-purpose flour 1-2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or other favorite cheeses)
1 package refrigerated biscuits Toppings: any combination of favorite pizza toppings (e.g. sliced pepperoni, chopped green peppers, onions, hamburger, Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes)
  1. Heat oven to 425. Grease baking sheets with shortening.
  2. Sprinkle cutting board with flour.  Pull biscuits apart and use rolling-pin to flatten biscuits until about 4 inches across. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce onto each biscuit. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of cheese. Let everyone top with favorite toppings.
  4. Bake until crust is brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Get creative!  Try BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce with chicken, red onions, a slice of provolone and  jalapeños.  Alfredo sauce, shrimp, mozzarella, onions and chopped broccoli is very good, too.  Ketchup, mustard, american cheese, pickle relish, onions and hot dogs for the hot dog lover.  You can use Grands biscuits for thicker crust, or larger crust if you flatten it out more.  Bake for 15-20 minutes if you use Grands.

Comment and let us know what combinations you tried!

Aug 252011
 
6 ounces spaghetti 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/3 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon curry powder 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded carrot 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
3 cups shredded cabbage
  1. In saucepan cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain well.
  2. Stir soy sauce into cornstarch. Stir in water and curry.
  3. Heat wok over high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil.  Add half the noodles.  Stir-fry for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to plate.  Repeat with 1 tablespoon more oil and the remaining noodles.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon more oil and stir-fry garlic for 30 seconds.  Add onion and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add broccoli and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and carrot.  Stir-fry 2 minutes.
  5. Stir soy sauce mixture.  Stir into vegetables.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  6. Stir in noodles and heat through.  Remove from wok and keep warm.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok.  Stir-fry cabbage 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  8. Arrange on platter and top with noodle mixture.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Works best in a wok, but can be made in skillet.

Aug 182011
 
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon cornstarch 1/3 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons dry sherry 1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 Tablespoons cooking oil 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 8-ounce can sliced bamboo shoots, drained 1 6-ounce package frozen snow peas, thawed
  1. Slice chicken into bite-size pieces.
  2. Stir soy sauce into cornstarch. Stir in chicken broth, sherry, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Heat wok over high heat and add oil.  Stir-fry mushrooms and bamboo shoots 1 minute.  Remove from wok.
  4. Add snow peas and stir-fry 1 minute.  Remove from wok.
  5. Add more oil to wok if needed.  Stir-fry chicken 2 to 3 minutes or until done.
  6. Stir broth mixture; stir into wok.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Cook 2 minutes more.
  7. Return all vegetables to wok.  Cover and cook 2 minutes.  Serve over hot cooked rice.

Makes 2-3 servings.

You don’t need a wok to make this recipe.  Works just fine in a skillet.

Aug 142011
 
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 2 slightly beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs 1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce Mushroom Sauce
  1. Drain spinach and combine with eggs, bread crumbs, milk, soy sauce, salt, and hot pepper sauce. Add 2 pounds hamburger.  Mix well.
  2. Shape into round loaf slightly smaller in diameter than crockery cooker.
  3. Lay two 15×2 inch strips of double thick foil in a crisscross fashion across bottom and up sides of cooker. Place loaf on top, not touching sides.  Cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. Use foil as lifters to remove loaf from cooker to serving platter. Serve with Mushroom Sauce.

Mushroom Sauce

1 3-ounce can sliced mushrooms, undrained 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup dairy sour cream 1 Tablespoons snipped chives

In saucepan combine mushrooms and flour. Stir in sour cream and chives. Cook and stir until thickened. Do not boil.

Serves 8

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