I know….this isn’t very thanksgiving-y. I’m not sure what to tell you, my list of thanksgiving recipes for the week includes scotcharoos, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie, chocolate truffle pie, and orange pretzel salad. And I’ll post them all so you can make them for Christmas or any other pie worthy occasion. But for now, I give you this. A fabulous, low maintenance meal for the family either leading up to Thanksgiving or to give you a break after eating turkey and mashed potatoes for 4 days straight. Are we the only family who makes 14 times the amount of food we need?
Brown 1 lb. of ground meat of some kind. I used ground turkey but go ahead…splurge…use beef. Season with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder.
Pour one jar of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your crock pot. Add spaghetti noodles, broken in half so they fit nicely. Add your ground beef/turkey and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add cream cheese. Finally, add another jar of spaghetti sauce on top of the combination. Cover and cook on high 3 hours.
After 3 hours, stir (it will be thick) and add 3-4 cups of chicken broth, stirring to combine. Cover and continue cooking for another hour.
Serve with a little parmesan sprinkled on top. I sprinkled crushed red pepper on Eric’s and he was pleased as punch. Enjoy!
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti
Recipe adapted slightly from Picky Palate
- 1 pound lean ground beef, ground turkey, or veggie crumbles like Morningstar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or salt
- 2 jars 26 ounce pasta sauce
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 3-4 cups chicken broth
1. Cook/brown meat in a medium skillet over medium heat until crumbled and browned. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drain fat from pan if necessary.
2. Pour one jar of pasta sauce into bottom of crock pot on high heat. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place noodles over sauce. Pour cooked beef over noodles, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with cubes of cream cheese. Pour another jar of pasta over cream cheese, close lid and let cook on high for 3 hours. After 3 hours, give a good stir (will be thick) and add 3-4 cups chicken broth. Close lid and let cook another hour or until ready to serve.
Makes 10-12 servings