Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta – Freezer Meal

Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta – Freezer Meal – just dump everything a freezer bag and freeze for a quick meal later. Ground beef, pepperoni, onion, garlic bread seasoning, marinara, water, mozzarella, and pasta. No need to cook the ground beef or pasta ahead of time. It all cooks in the slow cooker. #slowcooker #freezermeal #kidfriendly #crockpot #pasta #pizza #beef

Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta - FREEZER MEAL - just dump everything in the bag and freeze for a quick meal later. Ground beef, pepperoni, onion, garlic bread seasoning, marinara, water, mozzarella and pasta. No need to cook the ground beef or pasta ahead of time. It all cooks in the slow cooker. #slowcooker #freezermeal #kidfriendly

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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.

How to Make Pizza Pasta Freezer Meal

This recipe is SUPER easy to make. In a gallon freezer bag, place ground beef, spaghetti sauce, garlic bread seasoning, pepperoni, onion, water, and mozzarella cheese. Place the bag in the freezer. When ready to cook, place the contents of the freezer bag in the crockpot, and cook. About 15 minutes before serving, add dried pasta. Top the casserole with some extra mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

  • Do NOT cook the ground beef before adding it to the freezer bag. 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!
  • I used Johnny’s Garlic Bread Seasoning. Any garlic and herb seasoning mix will work fine.
  • Add the pasta to the slow cooker uncooked. It will cook in the slow cooker in about 15 or 20 minutes.
  • There is no need to thaw the contents of the freezer bag before adding it to the slow cooker.

What to Serve with Pizza Pasta

This pizza pasta was crazy good! We both went back for seconds. This makes a good bit of pasta. The leftovers are delicious reheated for lunch or dinner later in the week. We like to serve this pasta with a salad and some garlic bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta Freezer Meal:

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plate of pasta and salad

Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 25 mins
Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta – Freezer Meal – just dump everything a freezer bag and freeze for a quick meal later. Ground beef, pepperoni, onion, garlic bread seasoning, marinara, water, mozzarella, and pasta. No need to cook the ground beef or pasta ahead of time. It all cooks in the slow cooker. #slowcooker #freezermeal #kidfriendly

Ingredients:

  • 1- lb lean ground beef, uncooked
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Bread Seasoning
  • 4 cups marinara/pasta sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (8-oz) package shredded mozzarella, divided
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 (16-oz) box uncooked rotini or other short cut pasta
  • 1 gallon size ziplock freezer bag
  • 1 sandwich size freezer bag

Instructions:

  • Place ground beef, pepperoni, onions, garlic bread seasoning, pasta sauce, water, and half of the mozzarella cheese in a gallon size ziplock freezer bag. Place remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese in sandwich size freezer bag. Freeze.
  • When ready to cook: Remove the sandwich bag of mozzarella and parmesan cheese from the freezer and place it in the 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.

Notes:

Do NOT cook the ground beef before adding it to the freezer bag. 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!
I used Johnny’s Garlic Bread Seasoning. Any garlic and herb seasoning mix will work fine.
Add the pasta to the slow cooker uncooked. It will cook in the slow cooker in about 15 or 20 minutes.
There is no need to thaw the contents of the freezer bag before adding it to the slow cooker.

Steph

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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

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

    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.

  3. 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?

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