Pizza and Pasta mixed together? Cooked in the crockpot? Yum written all over this one. I found this one on Pinterest. I’ll admit that I haven’t had the time to Pin/Cook and blog/bake much at all. But we do have to eat don’t we!! The house smells really good with the pizza smells going on in here. It’s a hot fall day and I know that this recipe is more for a cool fall day, but it’s fall and it’s time to bring on the slow cooker meals.
I wanted to do a pasta recipe, but wanted something other than the usual ziti or lasagna. Then I remembered a pizza casserole I did a few years ago and thought, why not try it in a crock pot? So, here it is. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It’s delicious and hearty and it feeds a crowd. Hope you like it!
1 lb. rigatoni (uncooked)
2 jars tomato sauce (or your own marinara sauce)
1 tbs. dried oregano
1 lb. ground turkey (I used 1.5lbs)
1 onion, roughly chopped
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey. Remove from pan and set aside. Meanwhile, mix the sauce, uncooked pasta, and oregano in a large bowl until the pasta is well coated. Spray the inside of a large crock pot with cooking spray.
Now make layers using half of each ingredient and then repeat using the other half. Layer in this order: Pasta, turkey, onions, cheese, and pepperoni. Place slices of pepperoni on the top and sprinkle with a little more oregano. Cook on low for about 4 hours (my crock pot cooks faster than the 6 hours required).
I would have loved to add more toppings but as we all know there are those that do not eat olives or mushrooms or any kind of peppers of any color! Pepperoni and onions will do just fine (hoping the onions will blend in with the rest)!!
Quick, easy, super kid friendly.
Have a great week.
Patricia – Two Girls Cooking