Cooking Time:6-7 hours
Ingredients1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce, any variety
14.5 oz. Italian-style stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 c. fresh spinach or 10 oz. pkg. frozen
16 oz. Fusilli or corkscrew pasta, cooked al dente
4 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
1.5 c. mozzarella, shredded
Slow Cooker Inside-Out Ravioli takes a new spin in this delicious and hearty Italian dinner. Leftovers should be abundant and taste even better the next day!
- Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Drain to remove grease, and add to a 3.5 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Next, add jar of pasta sauce, stewed tomatoes, and Italian Seasoning. (optional: Add a tablespoon of sugar if the store-bought pasta sauce is tart.)
- Stir well.
- Cover and Crock on LOW 4-5 hours.
- Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, spinach, Parmesan, and al-dente cooked pasta about 15 minutes before serving. Stir well to distribute sauce evenly. *NOTE: Remove from heat once cooking is complete, otherwise pasta could overcook and become mushy. (I learned that the hard way!)
- Upon serving, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
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A Tbsp of sugar is too much. Red wine can be used to substitute the sugar…I would also use more fresh baby spinach, since you said 10 oz box of frozen spinach. Making a recipe versatile is an excellent option (Sausage, instead of beef) I will use your basic suggestion, along with my experience and skill to make this dish even better. Thanks for all your tips.
I made this for dinner tonight… The Whole family loved it! From Grandpa down to my 3 year old niece. 🙂
So glad you enjoyed this one, Ann Marie! It was on the menu for us this week, too! Happy Crocking!
Could you add the beef and noodles in uncooked and then cook on low for 8 hours? You would probably need to
Add beef broth or water?
Hi Mindy! Thanks for your great question. I have only made the recipe with cooking the noodles and beef separately. That way, I know both have been cooked the correct way. It may work out okay putting everything in at once, but then you run the risk of crunchy noodles and grease from the ground beef.
I used turkey meat..red wine..gluten free pasta,serving in twenty minutes,can’t wait
I have a newer crock pot and noticed that my low cooks more like a high. Should I cut my cooking time in half?
You may be able to reduce your cooking time by an hour, but either way it’s not likely that the sauce will overcook, even if your crock cooks hot. The main thing you want to be sure is that the noodles aren’t in too long, because those will overcook. Happy Crocking!
This receipe is so delicious. Had it for dinner last night and everyone enjoed it. Used wine instead of suger. This is a winner
Thanks for posting! So glad everyone enjoyed! 🙂
I use a 10 cup Rice Cooker instead of a Crock Pot. I cook enough for 2 meals, eat 1/2, refrigerate other 1/2 after it has cooked. I rewarm in Rice Cooker as well, one pot cooking & easy clean up. I put the ground beef or chicken into either Beef or Chicken Broth to cook first, then add rest of ingredients & cook until it clicks into the keep warm setting. When cooking Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts from frozen I cook until I can cut up into about 1″ pieces, then put everything into the Rice Cooker. I use… Read more »
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Hi there! Looking forward to trying this tomorrow night! Quick question…..do you add the spinach frozen or thaw it first? Thanks!
The first time I sent this I had the wrong email. If I double the recipe should I cook It about a half hour more?
Pam as long as the slow cooker is 1/2 to 2/3 full you should crock it as called for. That is the key… Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
When you do put in the frozen spinach? Do you thaw it, squeeze it dry What do you do with it?
Hi Todd, yes you would thaw it, and squeeze it dry, but I usually use the fresh spinach as it is so much easier. Hope this helps, and Happy Crocking! 🙂
This is a frustrating recipe. Very little of it is actually done in the crockpot. I took a quick look at it and thought “great, it cooks itself!” Nope. The beef and pasta have to be cooked separately. I’ll make sure to always read recipes on this site closely, now – what I thought would be hassle free is now a headache – more dishes, more time, etc.
How many servings are there and how much is a serving? Sounds yummy! Thanks
You will find the number of servings on the upper right hand side of each page. Thank you for the question, and Happy Crocking!
This is my 2nd time making this dish. The first time, I tripled the recipe and added crushed tomatoes and tomato paste along with my favorite spaghetti sauce. I also used more cheese. The entire group went wild over it. As there were picky children, I did not add the spinach.
This time, it’s just my family and the size looks so much smaller! My family asked for it again! Thanks for the great recipe. Oh and rotini is the pasta of choice.