Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Servings: 8

Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Shake up Taco Tuesday with a hearty taco bake!

15 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (14.5 oz) canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (10 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 16 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded + more for topping if desired

Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef until cooked thoroughly; drain fat.
  2. Add cooked beef, beef broth, water, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, enchilada sauce, and cream cheese to slow cooker. Stir all ingredients until combined. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. During last 25 minutes heat water for pasta and cook for 18 - 20 minutes. Once pasta is cooked; drain and add to slow cooker. Next add 2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir until well combined. Let this cook for 15 minutes more.
  4. Serve and top with shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Notes

Chef Notes

The recipe has great flavor, but if you prefer a spicier kick we suggest adding a can of diced green chilies and using a medium to hot enchilada sauce. A little pepper-jack in lieu of cheddar would be a nice finishing touch as well.

Original Recipe courtesy of Family Fresh Meals

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Cowboy Pasta

Cowboy Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Country Pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground burger
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 - 14oz. can of fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed or chopped
  • 1 - 8oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add Country Pasta (water should cover all pasta).
  2. Cook pasta for 18 - 28 minutes, or until it reaches your desired "bite".
  3. While pasta is cooking, begin sautéing chopped bacon over medium/high heat in a deep skillet until it is brown and crispy.
  4. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. Next drain off excess fat, but leaving enough to coat the bottom of the skillet; add ground beef and cook thoroughly. Remove fat from ground beef if needed.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and stir into the cooked ground beef.
  7. Season meat mixture with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of beer and deglaze pan.
  9. Cook 5-6 minutes more, then stir in the tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  10. Add the hot (drained) pasta to the meat and sauce and stir to combine.
  11. Garnish with cooked bacon, sharp cheddar, and green onions.
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Beef Burgundy

Servings: 2

Beef Burgundy

Recipe inspiration courtesy of Taste of Home

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 3 cups hot, cooked Country Pasta wide egg noodles

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion in butter over medium heat (until beef is no longer pink).
  2. Add the mushrooms, wine or beef broth, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons parsley, bay leaf, clove, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat; cover and simmer until beef becomes tender (about an hour).
  4. Next combine flour and water until smooth (Tip: combine flour and water in quart jar; secure lid and shake!).
  5. Once combined stir into beef mixture.
  6. Bring to a boil once more; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  7. You can know remove the bay leaf and clove.
  8. Stir in browning sauce if desired.
  9. Serve over cooked noodles.
  10. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley.
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Spaghetti Pie

Servings: 4 to 6

Spaghetti Pie

Thanks to www.plainchicken.com for recipe inspiration!

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella, shredded and divided
  • 2 tsp. Chopped fresh basil
  • 1 6 oz. can Sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cup Spaghetti sauce of choice
  • 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage (try also: ground beef, shredded chicken breast)
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta, cooked per package directions and drained (if you MUST use spaghetti noodles, go right ahead)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray & set aside.
  3. Cook the pasta per package directions.
  4. Drain and place in a bowl.
  5. Toss pasta with beaten eggs & 2/3 of the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Press the pasta into the pie plate.
  7. It should be densely packed.
  8. In a large skillet, brown the Italian sausage, then drain.
  9. Add spaghetti sauce & chopped basil and mushrooms.
  10. Stir until evenly warmed, then remove from heat.
  11. Combine cottage cheese and 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, then spread over pasta.
  12. Evenly layer the spaghetti sauce mixture over the cottage cheese.
  13. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella & Parmesan on top.
  14. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  15. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Crock Pot Lasagna

Crock Pot Lasagna

Enjoy with a side of garlic bread (and a favorite red wine for you, with a big glass of milk for the kids).

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can sliced olives (if desired)
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (if desired)
  • Seasonings like oregano, basil, salt and pepper – to taste (just to jazz things up a bit and give it your own spin)
  • 4 C. (16 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I usually add a bit more cheese, too)
  • 1 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. Country Pasta

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  2. Drain once cooked.
  3. While pasta is cooking, in a skillet cook beef, onion and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is browned.
  4. Then add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  5. Drain the grease, and add the spaghetti sauce, olives, and seasonings.
  6. Stir all together.
  7. In an ungreased 5 quart crock pot, spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom.
  8. Put 1/3 of the cooked and drained noodles on top of the sauce.
  9. Combine cheeses and spread 1/3 of the mixture on top of the noodles.
  10. Repeat layers, and end/top with remaining meat sauce.
  11. Cover and cook on low in the crock put for about 4-5 hours.
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Swedish Meat Balls over Country Pasta

Swedish Meat Balls over Country Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Chris, Hingham, MT

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork (not sausage)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. dry parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare Country Pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Combine all these ingredients in a large bowl & mix well.
  3. Make small meat balls.
  4. Brown them in a frying pan with 1/4 cup oil. (You may have to cook them in batches.)
  5. Remove just the meat balls from the fry pan and set aside.
  6. To the fry pan add 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. pepper.
  7. Whisk it all together along with 2 cup boiling water.
  8. Whisk until thoroughly combined, then add 3/4 cup sour cream.
  9. Whisk until all blended.
  10. Return the meatballs to the sauce & let simmer for 15 minutes.
  11. Serve proudly over Country Pasta & ENJOY!!!!!
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Polish Country Pasta

Servings: 6

Polish Country Pasta
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chuck steak. Trim fat and cube into ½ inch pieces.
  • ½ medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped in large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. shortening
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar flavored bbq sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 16 oz. Country Pasta Egg or Wide Egg noodles

Instructions

  1. Melt shortening in large, heavy skillet.
  2. Add green and red pepper, onion and garlic and brown for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomato chunks and chuck steak, mix well and allow steak to brown slightly.
  4. Blend ketchup and water in small bowl, and add to skillet.
  5. Allow mixture to come to a boil, then lower temperature to simmer the sauce for about 20 minutes.
  6. While simmering, cook 16 ounces of Country Pasta Egg or Wide Egg noodles (I recommend Wide Egg) according to package directions.
  7. Serve sauce over hot egg noodles with garlic bread or rolls.
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Parmesan Italian Meatballs and Sauce

Servings: 6

Parmesan Italian Meatballs and Sauce
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Ingredients

    Meatballs
  • ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • ½ lb. pork sausage
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • ¼ c. freshly grated parmesan
  • ½ c. white bread crumbs
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley (less if using fresh parsley)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 (29 oz.) cans tomato puree
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 can (your choice of size) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Instructions

    Meatballs
  1. Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl until evenly distributed (it’s ok to get your hands dirty here!).
  2. Form into 1 ½ to 2 inch meatballs, according to preference.
  3. Heat olive oil in large heavy skillet, add meatballs and brown on all sides; 10-15 minutes total.
  4. Sauce
  5. In large pot combine all ingredients.
  6. Mix until tomato paste is well incorporated.
  7. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add browned meatballs and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
  9. Cook 16 oz. Country Pasta according to package directions.
  10. Drain and place in large serving bowl.
  11. Serve meatballs and sauce over warm pasta and enjoy!
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Montana Lasagna

Montana Lasagna
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Buffalo Burger (or regular hamburger if buffalo burger not available)
  • 2 jars Alfredo sauce (or make your own)
  • 1 red pepper, cut into small pieces
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts
  • 2 cup frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste
  • Italian Seasonings (oregano, basil, etc.), to taste
  • Country Pasta fresh lasagna sheets (If fresh lasagna not available, use 1 lb. Country Pasta Wide Egg pasta, cooked)

Instructions

  1. Brown burger.
  2. Add red pepper, onion and mushrooms to meat mixture when about 1/3 through browning.
  3. Cook together, add garlic, salt and pepper, and Italian seasonings when about 2 minutes from finished.
  4. Add Alfredo and heat through for 10 minutes.
  5. Use some of sauce from jar to “grease” bottom of 9” x 13” baking dish (or can be placed in individual baking dishes as shown in picture).
  6. Layer lasagna, meat mixture, spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese. Layer approximately 2 full layers.
  7. Top with a layer of lasagna with extra Alfredo sauce smoothed over and topped with cheese mixture.
  8. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove cover and brown cheese to liking.
  10. Let settle for 5 minutes out of stove before cutting.
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Country Pasta Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Servings: 6

Country Pasta Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff
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Ingredients

  • 1-½ pounds top round steak, cut into strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1-10.75 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1-8 oz. can mushrooms
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1-tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-16 ounce container sour cream
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 16 oz. Country Pasta Wide Egg Pasta, cooked

Instructions

  1. Put steak strips in bottom of a slow cooker pot.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the onion, mushroom soup, mushrooms, and water.
  4. Add seasonings (chives through bouillon).
  5. In a small bowl, combine the flour and wine.
  6. Pour into slow cooker over steak.
  7. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  8. Mix in the sour cream and parsley; continue cooking for 1 hour.
  9. Place cooked egg pasta on plates or in pasta bowls, top with crock-pot mixture.
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Country Pasta Bake

Country Pasta Bake
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, if desired
  • 1 tsp. oregano leaves
  • 1tsp. basil leaves
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta, cooked & drained
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup parsley flakes
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown meat, drain.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic, and cook until tender.
  3. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasonings.
  4. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Combine salad dressing, 1/2 cup cheese, eggs and milk.
  6. Toss cooked pasta with parsley.
  7. Layer pasta, then milk mixture and top with meat mixture in 9 x 13″ pan.
  8. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Country Pasta Pizza Bake

Country Pasta Pizza Bake

Any of your favorite pizza ingredients can be added to personalize this dish – mushrooms, onions, green peppers, etc.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground beef, browned
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Package of sliced pepperoni
  • 1 Can sliced black olives
  • 1.5 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 Heaping Handfulls of Country Pasta, cooked & drained

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except cheese and pasta.
  2. Put pasta in 9 x 13″ pan.
  3. Top with meat mixture.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover and top with cheese.
  6. Bake another 10 minutes.
  7. Cut in squares.
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Country Pasta Beef Casserole

Country Pasta Beef Casserole
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Ingredients

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can each: cream of celery & cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 pimento, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta, cooked & drained

Instructions

  1. Brown beef slightly in hot skillet, add onions and cook until tender.
  2. Add soups, pimento, sour cream, mushrooms, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix well, fold in pasta and pour into large buttered casserole dish, top with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and slightly brown.
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Hamburger Stroganoff

Hamburger Stroganoff

Recipe submitted by P. Moran of South Carolina

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
  • 1 lb. Country Pasta, cooked and drained

Instructions

  1. Saute onion and garlic in butter, over medium heat.
  2. Add meat and brown.
  3. Drain all but about 2 Tbsp of grease.
  4. Add flour, salt and pepper, stir, and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Add soups, stir and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in sour cream.
  7. Heat through, sprinkle with parsley (optional), and serve over hot Country Pasta.
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