Crockpot Recipes: Creamy Pasta & Italian Meatballs Casserole

My shiny new crockpot arrived the other day and it’s been sitting on my counter mocking me endlessly. I decided to give it a try out tonight and whipped up a delicious and mostly healthy meal. Earlier this week with my grocery order, I had ordered a bag of frozen Italian meatballs. What I didn’t realize was how huge the bag was. This was my second meal using the meatballs and there’s still more than half a bag left. I’ll have to get creative for the other half of the bag. Not a bad haul for $10 considering the price of meat in general these days.

As this was a test meal, I decided to keep the recipe simple and went to a familiar favorite – a simple pasta casserole. I thought cooking time would take a lot longer than it did. Prep only took about 10-15 minutes. The casserole was cooked in less than 1 hour. Not bad for a $60 machine.

One thing that I did have to change with this recipe was the creamy sauce. I had originally used 2 cups of water (or 2 cans of water) and the creamy base turned out to be too runny. I added some creamy roux (butter and flour) to the recipe and the results were almost perfect. I adjusted the recipe accordingly to reflect those changes.

And look at this shiny new recipe card! I made this myself using my premium plan with Canva. I’ll be using a similar format going forward. And yes, there is a PDF file that you can download and print from home!

If you want to learn how I made this recipe card, then head over to my YouTube channel and I’ll record a tutorial.


Recipe Card – Creamy Pasta & Italian Meatball Casserole

Main ingredients: Italian meatballs, rotini pasta, zucchini, mushrooms and onions


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The above recipe card contains all the information you need. The estimated calorie count doesn’t include the flour which was added as an after thought. This meal definitely isn’t low carb, but it can be considered a comfort food kind of meal.

If you’re not a fan of zucchini, no problem. You can add other vegetables like tomatoes, squash or whatever you love. Casseroles are versatile. Or you could turn this into a soup by omitting the flour and just using water or broth as your soup base. I do recommend if you’re making soups, to set your crockpot on low and cook for a few hours. There’s nothing better than a slow cooked soup.


Crockpot

I ordered my Crockpot from Amazon. I’m not a fan of the super fancy units like the $200 one sold by Kitchenaid. I opted for this unit because it was affordable, could fit nicely on my counter – and the ratings were good. I don’t need a timer as I use my phone for that. I just wanted a simple crockpot that I could set to low or high. That’s it – that’s all I wanted. Plus the teal color is amazing and goes well with my kitchen decor!

Just be careful and fill your pot with a liquid base or make sure to stir often. Food will burn to the sides as I learned with this one. Luckily, it’s really easy to clean.

Are you a fan of crockpot meals? If so, let me know your favorite sites for recipe ideas and I might just make them later on! I’ll be going through my older recipes and placing them on recipe cards like this one so that you can download them and print them. Or download and save for later. Recipe cards can be downloaded in PDF format only. You will need the Adobe DC reader to open the file – it’s a free program.


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