Sunday, November 10, 2013

Easy, Cheesy Weeknight Meal

I'm like Sarah in that pasta never gets old.  I've seen a lot of pasta recipes in the crock pot, but they can easily end up like a big pot of mush.  This one works really well because the tortellini isn't added until right before the end.  I really liked it and ultimate comfort food after a long day a work with just a little effort in the morning.


1/2 lb. lean ground beef (at least 80%)
1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 15 oz. container refrigerated marinara sauce
1 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
1 9 oz. package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
1 cup shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese blend (4 oz.)

In 10" skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.

Spray inside of a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray (see cook's note).  Mix beef mixture, marinara sauce, mushrooms and tomatoes in cooker.

Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours.

Stir in tortellini; sprinkle with cheese.  Cover; cook on low heat setting about 15 minutes longer or until tortellini are tender.

4 servings.

Source: You can find it here.

Cook's notes:  BC recommends spice Italian Sausages if you like heat.  Also, I never cook anything in my crockpot anymore without using the Reynolds Crock Pot liners.  Yes, they do cost $1.00 each, but it's worth it.  Finally, I didn't use refrigerated marinara sauce.  I had some canned (cheap brand) that we purchased at a case lot sale.  It worked like a charm.  This recipe will definitely be made again!

1 comment:

  1. This is pretty similar to that other slow cooker tortellini recipe we tried. Which recipe did you like more? Yummy stuff! Though Peter threw a huge tantrum in regards to eating it--he thought the tortellini looked weird and REFUSED to even try it! I know if he had just tasted it, he would have liked it a lot.