Monday, September 1, 2014

Pizza and Ravioli Mix-Up Crockpot Recipe

Pizza and Ravioli Mix-Up Crockpot Recipe

Ingredients needed:

* 1 1/2 lb. bulk Italian pork sausage
* 1 1/2 lb. ground beef round
* 2 medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
* 2 tablespoons of finely chopped garlic
* 2 jars of tomato pasta sauce (1 lb. 8 oz. each)
* 1 bag of frozen cheese-filled ravioli (25 oz.)
* 3 cups of shredded Cheddar Monterey Jack cheese blend
* 1 package of sliced pepperoni (3.5 oz.)
* 1/4 cup of sliced ripe olives
* Fresh basil sprigs, if desired.

Preparation steps:

* Spray bottom of crockpot with cooking spray. Line side of crockpot with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.
* In a 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat for 10 minutes, breaking up sausage with spoon, until no longer pink; drain. Place sausage in large bowl. In same skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked and onion is tender; drain. Add beef mixture and 1 jar of the pasta sauce to bowl with sausage; stir to combine.
* In crockpot, spread half of remaining jar of pasta sauce to cover bottom. Layer with half of the ravioli and half of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and half of the pepperoni. Repeat layers.
* Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
* Sprinkle with olives before serving. Garnish with basil.

(Serves 10 to 12)

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