Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Slow Cooker Pizza Bake

This is a great meal to have in the freezer for unexpected guests or a quick dinner when you forget to plan ahead. The sauce can be used to make a delicious crockpot meal or an oven baked casserole. Best of all it's pretty much a guaranteed crowd's Pizza on Pasta with Cheese!

Slow Cooker Pizza Bake
Serves 6

1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Italian Sausage (casings removed)
1 Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 cup Sliced Mushrooms (or a can of sliced mushrooms)
2 cups Tomato Sauce
1 cup Pizza Sauce
1 cup Water
1 Tbsp Oregano
3 cups Mozzarella, shredded
3 cups Cooked Pasta

Brown ground beef and sausage. Add onion, green pepper, garlic and mushrooms and cook until onions become transparent. Add mixture to a slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine tomato sauce, pizza sauce, water and oregano and pour over meat mixture. Stir well and cook on high for 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low. Serve over cooked pasta and top with mozzarella cheese.

This can also be made in the oven: add cooked pasta to the bottom of a casserole dish. Pour meat sauce over noodles and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes (or until cheese starts to brown) at 350F.

This meal freezes really well and perfect for those "what's for dinner" days. Just take out of the freezer and defrost in the microwave or pop freezer bag into a sink of cold water for about an hour before using.


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