My Reviews (242)

Slow Cooker Beef and Pasta

This is a creative hybrid between pepperoni pizza and spaghetti bolognese- made in the slow cooker! Very easy.
Reviews (242)

24 Aug 2006
I have made this several times and with a little tweaking it is a family favorite. Using the advice of previous reviewers, I used italian sausage and ground beef and added about 3/4 cup of water. I did not add the tomato soup, either. I found wagon wheel shaped pasta and used it since it resembles a sliced pizza. I also under cook the pasta, because it will soak up a lot of moisture and turn mushy. You may need to add a little extra water after this has been cooking for a few hours, too. This is a keeper!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
23 Jan 2005
Reviewed by: TaraAnne
This is yummy. After reading other reviews I made a few changes as follows: I used a bottle of spaghetti sauce as opposed to two little bottles of pizza sauce. I then mixed all the ingredients together instead of layering. The mixture definitely needs spices, and I added quite a bit (a few teaspoons) of chopped garlic, as well as some basil and S&P. It got dry and I added a bit of water. Next time I will sautee some onions as i'm browning the ground beef and add it to the mix, as well as add a can or two of mushrooms (or fresh). I used turkey pepperoni and there is none of that pepperoni grease. I will probably use smaller noodles than rigatoni. This recipe is touted as a "slow cooker" recipe but really I don't think it is. Next time I'll mix it all up in one bowl and probably microwave it for about 15-20 minutes (covered). That way it won't get dry and all the cheese will be mega-melted. Even putting it in a casserole dish and putting it in the oven at around 350 for about an hour and a half would work. Bottom line, the mixture is delicious and hearty. Can't really go wrong if feeding teenagers and probably would be a big hit at a pot-luck, too. Enjoy!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
02 Dec 2003
Reviewed by: ADOLAR5
I recommend frying the pepperoni first, then draining the grease from it. Just drain the pepperoni on paper towels. You are left with crispy pepperoni that doesn't add any grease to the recipe.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
17 Jun 2001
Reviewed by: Lindy505
This recipe gets five stars all across! It's even fast as far as being a slow cooker recipe, as it only takes 4 hours on low. I followed the recipe exactly,(make sure you cook the ground beef before you place it in your cooker) and then I went out for four hours. When I got home, it looked delicious! And it was!! It was the best!! Much better than Baked Ziti or some of those other pasta dishes. My kids had thirds, and my sister came over and raved about it. I really enjoyed it, and this will be brought to many pot lucks and barbeques. THANKS, JILL!!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
17 Jan 2003
Reviewed by: ANN7258
This was okay--I guess because of all the rave reviews, I thought it would be outstanding and was a little disappointed. Be sure you are using a LARGE slow cooker--I have a small one and couldn't quite fit all the ingredients in. I found the layering to be a little fiddly, like making a lasgna. The whole point of using a slow cooker is to throw in the ingredients and walk away for a few throwing here. Hubby liked the taste but the kids weren't overly thrilled. And it looked like a dog's breakfast. Won't try this one again.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
06 Feb 2007
Reviewed by: Amber
I made this for the office and everybody LOVED IT! I have made it several times since then for my own family but I made sure to add green peppers, olives, onions, sausage. All these things made it truly unbelievable.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
21 Sep 2002
Reviewed by: Barbara Carlock
My ultra-picky husband really liked this dish, and I liked the simplicity! I think next time I'll try it with bulk sausage instead of ground beef, and I'll skip the pepperoni (I tried it with turkey pepperoni - good, but I'm not a huge pepperoni fan). Also, do not let this dish go past 4 hours, or it will start to burn!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
22 Oct 2004
Reviewed by: Amy
This worked out pretty well. Mine didn't turn out greasy but it was a little dry, but that was easily cured with a little water. I did brown my hamburger with onions and I used my own pizza sauce. I also halved the recipe since some of the previous reviews said that it makes alot. They were right. I had plenty at half the recipe. I think that next time I'll add green peppers and other pizza toppings, this is a recipe that is easily personalizes. I think I'd like smaller pasta than rigatoni too. Frankly, I think just about any pasta that you have on hand would work beautifully. I think this is a keeper!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
01 Nov 2002
We liked it! This recipe was simlple and super-tasty. It's basically a pizza casserole and it tastes and smells just like pizza. I prepared the rigatoni separately and served the casserole over it for my fiance who is NOT on a low-carb diet. No rigatoni for me and it was great!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
22 Jan 2011
Reviewed by: krisgo
I made this yesterday with a few changes. I used penne pasta that I cooked for half the time called for on the box. The only meat I used was sweet Italian sausage and about 2 ounces of pepperoni. A jar and a half of spaghetti sauce with 2 cups of water. I layered the sauce, 1/2 noodles, sausage, pepperoni (single layer only), sauce and cheese. Then I reapeated the layers ending with the cheese. My children loved this and asked for seconds. An easy, hearty meal for a cold winters eve.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


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