I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m still crazy busy and haven’t had time to cook or bake anything very exciting! Unfortunately since I’ve been working on client work, rather than personal pieces, I can’t show anything (until it’s published). Here’s a peek at a sketch I did that will appear as part of a story in Highlight’s magazine for babies, Hello! I also did the cover for that issue.
The slow cooker has been my friend still, and last week, I threw together a baked pasta with an active prep time of about 15 minutes. Here’s what I did: In the late morning I threw a bunch of ingredients into the slow cooker (no pre-sauteing or anything! I also didn’t measure –the recipe is an estimate) and cooked it on low for about six hours. Then 30 minutes before dinner, I preheated the oven to 350, boiled some water and cooked some rotini pasta. Next I assembled the pasta dish with the sauce and parmesan, and topped it with some shredded mozzarella and baked it until it melted — about 10 minutes. That’s it– dinner done. I didn’t even add oil at the start, as I figured the meat and liquids would be sufficient, and they were. The meat was moist and juicy, and the sauce was delicious. It was a bit hit with my son, who had seconds. :)
I’ve also been (quickly) experimenting with cauliflower flat bread (see my previous version here) and chia pudding in my attempt to eat more whole foods even in the midst of stress and work.
I’ll post more on that later! In the meantime, enjoy this easy, fast, and delicious beef pasta dish!
Easy Beef Pasta in Slow Cooker
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small can of tomato paste
1 small can of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup red wine
1/2 lb. dried pasta of choice
1/2 lb. shredded mozarella (I used smoky)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1. Put beef through red wine into slow cooker. Cook on low for about six hours, stirring every two hours or so.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
3. Return cooked pasta to pot and pour in beef sauce and grated parmesan. Mix thoroughly.
4. Pour pasta mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake in oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.