crock pot macaroni and cheese

September 9, 2015

yields 4-6 servings       total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

ingredients
2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
2 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese (use freshly grated cheese, not pre-packaged shredded kind)
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper

directions

  1. boil the macaroni in water for six minutes. drain.
  2. in a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. stir until the cheese melts.
  3. whisk the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in a separate bowl.
  4. spray the inside of the slow cooker lightly with some pam.
  5. in slow cooker, add the cheese mixture, then the egg mixture.
  6. add the drained macaroni and stir.
  7. cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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crock pot lasagna

August 27, 2015

yields 4-6 servings

ingredients
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano (and basil and parsley)
12 oz. cottage cheese
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
12 oz. lasagna noodles, uncooked
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

directions

  1. brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a pan.
  2. add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, and oregano & basil & parsley.
  3. cook long enough to get it warm.
  4. spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. add a double layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break to fit) and top with cheeses.
  6. repeat with sauce, noodles, and cheeses until all are used up.
  7. cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

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crock pot adventures

August 27, 2015

lately, i’ve been trying out some slow cooker recipes. the few that i’ve tried out have been pretty successful… just have to tweak them a little here and there. i’ve never really cooked much with larger pieces of meat: i’ve cooked with ground beef, smaller pieces of beef/pork when stir-frying, fish (mostly tilapia), but never really felt comfortable with chicken/steak type dishes. i’ve always stuck mainly with pasta and rice dishes.

i think cooking chicken in a crock pot has given me a little more courage to try something i haven’t done much of.

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