Weekend Cooking

The weekend is here… could I be more excited?  😛  It has been a crazy busy week and I am winding down from our Missions Auction and Banquet which was last night – and winding up for the Home Show which is this coming weekend…  but for now….. 2 days of pretty much “me time”  😀

Anyway … cooking is the subject right?  Beth Fish Reads hosts this great meme where we can share whats cooking in our homes – and in our reading.  😀  This past week I tried out a new recipe that received raving reports from the guys in my life… crock pot Pizza Pasta…. first off, whats not to love about a crock pot?  It is a busy gals best friend – pop all your ingredients in there – run and do what you need to do…. come home exhausted later in the day and dinner is done 😀


Crock Pot Pizza Pasta


You need:

1 pound of rigatoni noodles – dry

1 pound of hamburger

1 pound of italian sausage

25 – 50  pepperoni’s

2  1/2 – 3 jars marina sauce

2 TBS dried oregano

2 TBS garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

2 cups sliced mushrooms (optional)

4 (or more) cups shredded mozzarella


Spray the bottom of your crock pot with cooking spray.  Pour marinara sauce into a large bowl and mix in the oregano, garlic, salt, pepper – and any other favorite spices you may wish to use.  Add the DRY rigatoni and stir to coat well with the sauce.

Cook your hamburger, drain and set aside.  Do the same with the italian sausage.

Pour half of the noodle mixture into the crock pot.  Add half of the hamburger (sprinkled over the top), half of the sausage, half of the chopped onion, half of the green pepper, half of the mushrooms, half of the cheese and then a layer of pepperoni on top.

Repeat starting with the noodles, a second layer on top – ending with the pepperoni again.

Set crock pot on low and let cook for 6 hours.  Serve with a yummy garlic bread.

**When I first made this I used 2 jars of marinara and felt afterward it could have used more… you could use more in the original mixing with the noodles, or add more between the two layers to seep in.

Enjoy!  😀

For more recipes – this past week my book club review Cutting For Stone and we made Ethiopian food to go along with the review.  This was probably the best food we have ever had for a review.  Who knew Ethiopian food was so delicious?  The recipes are here.

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Posted on March 26, 2011, in weekend cooking and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.

  1. Yummy. I am going to give it a try.

  2. wow, another slow cooker recipe.
    When I made mac and cheese in the crock pot a couple of weeks ago, it was the first time I had ever cooked dry pasta in the slow cooker…and it worked great!
    this looks so tasty.

  3. Sounds yummy, Sheila! I have a similar recipe for pizza pasta but it is baked in the oven. The kids love it….

  4. I am so gonna try this looks very YUMMY. 🙂

  5. First, can’t wait to check out the Ethiopian recipes! Second, this looks so good and hearty. I do love the slow cooker. I used mine yesterday for a lamb dish.

  6. This sounds and looks excellent! My family would love it! and in the slow cooker even better!

  7. Wow, this sounds and looks delicious ! Do you think this could be cut in half? TBG and I would be eating it all week. Well, he could probably eat 40 pepperoni at one sitting but I don’t let him.

  8. This looks delicious! I have never used dry pasta in the crockpot, and am anxious to try!
    Thanks for this great recipe 🙂

  9. OMG, this sounds even better now than when you first posted the photo. Yum!

  10. Love the idea of pizza pasta in the crockpot! I have only had Ethiopian food once, but it was so delicious.

  11. Wow… this must’ve been very filling 🙂 It looks like a pizza from the top, but it’s perhaps more of a lasagna?

  12. Oh wow, that’s looks really good. I never would have thought of making something like that.

  13. That is so attractive with the pepperoni on top! Sounds yummy, too!

  14. Oh my! That looks SO good! I’m definitely going to have to try this, especially since I LOVE my crockpot and am always on the lookout for really good new recipes. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  15. I HAVE to make this! Yum, yum, yum! I am starring this post so I can copy the recipe later. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  16. Looks good, sounds easy enough, and my husband and daughter would love all the meat in it. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. This sounds delicious, Sheila. I would never have thought of using the crockpot for a pasta dish – learn something new every day!


  18. Do you stir it at all or just leave it alone the whole 6 hours?

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