Do you need a good recipe that kids and adults alike will love? How about a recipe that can easily be tailored to your family’s taste AND is quick and easy to make? Then you want to try out this Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Penne from Gooseberry Patch’s Everyday Slow Cooker.
Aunt Lou here.
As you all know, I am not a meal planner no matter how much I wish I was…I always seem to wake up Monday morning with a “uh oh” moment of having no idea what we will eat for the week. This Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Penne came to the rescue this week. It is quick, easy and oh so cheesy…which basically makes it a major win in our house.
Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Penne
So I had to make some adjustments to this recipe.
I called Michael with a list of things to pick up from the store on his way home for lunch. Since it was more than three items, he had to make a list. Not sure why, but three is the magic number with him…three or less, he can remember. More than three and a list has to be made or he might not remember anything! At least he will stop by the store for me right? 🙂
I get a call…the call I usually always get from him when he has to stop by the store…with questions about what to get. You see, we live in a small town and don’t have everything available to us that most people do at bigger grocery stores. So here are the substitutions in case you can’t find the things we used. You can use rigatoni instead of penne, cream of tomato soup instead of tomato bisque and we used ground turkey just because that is what we had on hand. You can use ground beef if that is your preference.
Serve this Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Penne up with a salad and some yummy garlic bread and enjoy!
- 2 lbs ground turkey or beef browned and drained
- 8 oz pkg of penne pasta cooked
- 16 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
- 10 3/4 oz can tomato bisque
- 2 14 oz jars pizza sauce
- 7 oz pkg sliced pepperoni
- Place half of your ground meat in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Layer half of your penne on top.
- Sprinkle half of your cheese on top of the pasta.
- Pour half of your can of soup on top.
- Pour on one jar of pizza sauce.
- Layer half of your pepperonis across the top.
- Repeat layering with remaining ingredients.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Slow Cooker Recommendations
We love the non-stick surface of this slow cooker for recipes like this, however, any 5-6qt slow cooker will work just fine. If you are thinking about a new slow cooker, we recently purchased an all-in-one slow cooker that has a browning setting to allow you to brown your ground beef IN the crock pot. We have to tell you we think we’re am in love.
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