Crockpot Bow Ties and Beef

Crockpot Bow Ties and Beef
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Ratings (5)
  • Total: 8 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
703 Calories
21g Fat
76g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 703
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 53g
Calcium 319mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The flavors and texture combinations in this excellent recipe for crockpot bow ties and beef are really perfect. Your family will love this casserole. It's easy and hearty and has lots of great textures and flavors. All you need with this recipe is some good chewy bread, toasted and rubbed with garlic, or some savory scones or dinner rolls, heated in the oven. Add a nice crisp green salad or a fruit salad, and dinner is ready. For dessert, offer some brownies or perhaps a pecan pie.

Tips

  • Any type of short pasta will work, from penne to ziti to campanelle, which looks like little flowers. Avoid longer pasta like spaghetti.
  • They key is to cook the pasta until it is al dente and then stir it into the slow cooker.

Recipe Variations

  • You can substitute ground pork or pork sausage for all or part of the ground beef. The sausage will add more flavor; use mild, sweet, or spicy, according to your tastes.
  • Ground chicken or turkey will overcook in this recipe, so avoid using any ground poultry in this dish.
  • Add more vegetables to the dish if you'd like. Some mushrooms would be good. You can saute them right along with the beef, onions, and garlic. Or add some chopped bell peppers or chopped and peeled zucchini.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, sauté the ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, stirring to break up the meat; drain. Transfer this mixture to a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker.

  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  3. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or until the mixture is bubbly.

  4. When you are ready to serve, cook and drain the pasta. Turn the crockpot setting to high; stir in the pasta, thoroughly drained and thawed spinach and the cheeses. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the food is heated through and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.