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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Freezer Meal} Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta

Today is day two in our freezer meal series (Day One - Honey Teriyaki Chicken). This Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta is SO delicious! Everything, including the pasta, cooks in the slow cooker. YAY! One different ingredient in this recipe is Garlic Bread Seasoning. Garlic bread seasoning has dried cheese in it. That gives this dish the "parmesan" flavor. I prefer Johnny's Garlic Bread Seasoning. I buy it at Costco.

One great thing about this freezer meal is that you don't have to precook the hamburger meat. You just put it in the freezer bag raw, and it will cook in the slow cooker with everything else. SO convenient and it makes assembly super easy! You have to trust me on this. I was skeptical when I made it, but it turned out amazing!

Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta
serves 8
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni (about 4oz)
  • 1Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 1T Garlic Bread Seasoning (Johnny's)
  • 4 cups marinara/pasta sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 8oz shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 16oz uncooked rotini or other short cut pasta
  • 1 gallon size ziplock freezer bag
  • 1 sandwich size freezer bag

Place ground beef, pepperoni, onions, garlic bread seasoning, pasts sauce, water and half of the mozzarella cheese in a gallon size ziplock freezer bag. Place remaining mozzarella cheese in sandwich size freezer bag. Freeze.

When ready to cook: Remove sandwich bag of mozzarella from freezer and place in refrigerator to thaw.

Place contents of gallon sized freezer bag into slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6 hours. Break up meat with spatula.

Add uncooked pasta. Cook for 15-20 minutes longer, until pasta is cooked. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and let cheese melt, 5 minutes.

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  1. This sounds delicious and easy! Thanks!

  2. How is it safe to do the ground beef this way? I was always told that it was dangerous to put raw ground beef in a slow cooker, due to how long it takes for the meat to cook. Is it because it's frozen first?

  3. I have trouble cooking pasta in my slow cooker. It always turns into a lumpy pasty clump.

    1. My pasta turned out great. It doesn't take long to cook. Watch it at about 15 minutes so it doesn't over cook and get clumpy.

  4. I always drain my browned ground beef. Will this have a lot of grease in it?

    1. I used a lean ground beef and my pasta wasn't greasy

  5. So, everything goes into the crockpot frozen? Wow! Can't get easier than that!

  6. How long would it take to cook if you didn't freeze it first? And if you cooked the beef beforehand?

    1. about 15-17 minutes. Dump everything in a skillet, bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15-17 minutes. Until pasta is done.

  7. help! My husband tried to put in the crock pot this morning and it wouldn't fit. I thought we have a large crock pot, but it was frozen solid and would not break apart to fit inside. Should I have thawed it out first?

    1. You don't need to thaw out any of the freezer meals before cooking. Just be mindful of how you place the bag in the freezer. You might try sticking them in a bowl or basket to freeze so they are the right shape for you slow cooker.

  8. I had prepared this freezer meal about a month ago, and finally actually made it this past Friday night when I needed a slow-cooker meal! It turned out great! Everything cooked fine, and I did substitute 97% fat free ground turkey, because that is our family's preference, and it was still very yummy! Cooked up beautifully, and I used elbow macaroni because that is what I had in the cupboard. I was a little skeptic that the pasta would not cook or get mushy, but it was fabulous! A great meal! Thanks!!!

  9. I made it in the skillet today and it was good. Next time I'm going to use Italian sausage.

  10. I made it in the skillet today and it was good. Next time I'm going to use Italian sausage.


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