This thing is awesome. Love comfort food, and making fall meals. This crock pot meal feeds the fam and then some. It only takes about a half hour to prep and about 3-4 hours in the crock pot.
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage (mix up a bit try mild or hot)
4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 15 oz can of Tomato Sauce
1 14.5 oz can of petit diced tomatoes ( I used fire roasted, but you can mix these up also some come with hot peppers or garlic flavoring)
32 oz Beef Broth
1 Red Bell Pepper (Optional not a deal breaker) I used on the one red bell
1 Green Bell Pepper (optional not a deal breaker)
2 teaspoons of dried basil
2 teaspoons of dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
Black pepper start with a 1/2 teaspoon but use to get to the flavor you like
Pasta – I used actual lasagna noodles, just broke them in 2-3 inch long pieces. Save for the end when you ae ready to serve.
Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Ricotta
One I would grab a glass of your favorite red or white, I grabbed a beer, but choice is yours. I put on some music while I made this one, I like something smooth and almost jazzy when I cook, but again if you like death metal then rock the F$%& Out. Lastly never cook alone.
I started by putting my suasage and beef in one pan and letting it brown.
As that was cooking in put my garlic, red bell pepper, pepper, and seasoning salt in a small pan next to it. I put some butter in there and sauteed that. Once the peppers and spice got aromatic it I poured half in my meat, and the other half in my crock pot.
In the crock pot I put all the tomato ingredients, broth, basil, and parsley. I turned my portion low and let that start to work its magic.
As the meat begins to brown I through a little more basil and parsley into the meat, just to work that flavor.
Once the meat no longer has any pink in it you can put it into the crock pot.
Turn you pot on high and let it cook 3-4 hours. This is going to make your kitchen smell great. While your waiting for it to cook pour yourself another glass, talk to your family about the upcoming holidays, talk about the past, talk about the future, who cares just talk to one another. Oh and put down the phones and turn off the T.V. Hell you can even dance to the music playing, just suck up the moment, memories ae better than pictures.
Ok enough time has passed it’s time to serve up the soup. I took a small bowl and placed my cooked lasagna noodle in the bottom..
I then placed a dollop pf Ricotta, some shredded mozzarella, and Shredded Parm. Then I pour some soup over that.
I repeat this with a total of three noodles, just layering the pasta, cheese, and soup.
That’s it, serve and enjoy.
Options for toppings:
Sour Cream, Different Cheeses, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, a little butter. Try it all. It you want to add some color in the end sprinkle a little parsley on top of that last dollop of Ricotta.
My Daughters Bowl
Remember never cook alone.
See You in The Future – Thee Time Traveler
It was that Good