This recipe has meat, cheese and cooks with ease. The crockpot allows you to fix it and go. It hides the vegetables in a delicious flavor children enjoy, and the penne noodles make this easy for little hands to grab and munch!
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 cloves pressed garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
15 oz can tomato sauce
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in basil, garlic and oregano
1 pound penne pasta
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet, add ground beef. When it is nearly brown, stir in onion, green pepper and garlic to sauté with the beef to add flavor for a couple of minutes.
Transfer beef to crock pot, stir in Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Cook pasta on stove top according to directions.
Stir cooked pasta and shredded cheese into beef mixture just before serving.
Serves 6 to 8 people
Meet the Chef!
Jessica Campbell Family:
Husband: Josh, Daughters: MacKenzie (5) & Averie (1) Community:
Rapid City Occupation:
Teacher Favorite Local Activity:
Playing tourist, enjoying all the sights of the Hills, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore and the downtown events of Rapid City, Hill City and Deadwood.
About the Recipe:
During the school year, I am always looking for crockpot recipes that can be ready when I get home after a busy day in the classroom. This meal provides great flavors, it can be varied to meet the needs of your family and my kids love it.
I usually prepare the beef and vegetables the night or weekend beforehand, and refrigerate them until I’m ready to throw it in the crockpot. (I have even mixed in the spices and Worcestershire sauce in with the beef so I don’t have to take the time to measure in the morning.) The beef could be swapped with ground turkey to make this a leaner meal, and there are a variety of gluten-free penne noodles available to make this a gluten-free meal, too.
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