Italian Sausage with Rotini (Slow Cooker)

Italian Sausage with Rotini (Slow Cooker)
  • 1 pkg Italian sausage cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped (2 tsp)
  • 1 jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 4½ cups uncooked rotini pasta
  1. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix all of the ingredients except the pasta. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  2. Cook and drain pasta as directed on the package. Serve sausage mixture over pasta.


Spaghetti and Stuffed Meatballs



Spaghetti and Stuffed Meatballs
  • 4 sticks of mozzarella string cheese cut into 18 cubes
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 egg
  • spaghetti
  • ⅔ shredded parmesan cheese
  1. Place cheese cubes in a freezer bag and freeze for about 1 hr.
  2. Heat over to 375 and line a pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the bread crumbs and 3 tbsp of the pasta sauce. Then stir in the beef, onion, salt, oregano, and egg. Shape the mixture into 18 balls Press 1 of the cheese cubes into each of the balls and seal it inside. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the remaining pasta sauce into a dutch oven. Cover and heat till simmering. Stir in meatballs when they are done and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes or so (ours took closer to 15 minutes) or until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in the center.
  5. Cook the spaghetti as directed on the package. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the spaghetti and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

A Little Meatball Here, A Little Meatball There

Quaker Maids would like to help parents out by offering a couple of quick and easy recipes like their Easy Meatball Dinner and Meatball Pitas. Like me, they want to offer recipes that are made with things easily found in your kitchen and don’t require you to be a chef to make.  This recipes sounds so yummy, and Madison’s favorite food is meatballs, so I already know this will be a winner in  my house!

Easy Meatball Dinner
One 15 oz. can whole potatoes, drained, rinsed, cut into chunks
1 cup chopped onions
14.5 oz. beef broth
32 oz. tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
12 oz. frozen mixed vegetables
Approx. 15 oz. meatballs.

In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, onions, beef broth, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, pepper and vegetables. Bring to a boil on stovetop. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Add meatballs, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meatball Pitas

1 package of Mama Lucia Italian Style Meatballs
8 small pita breads
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup cubed feta cheese
1?2 cup chopped black olives
1?2 cup chopped shredded lettuce
1?2 cup chopped onion
1?4 cup parmesan cheese grated
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of oregano

Heat the meatballs on the stove top with red pepper flakes and oregano. Heat the pita breads in the oven on low heat until warm. Once heated, place 2-3 meatballs in each pita bread. Top with feta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. As cheese begin to melt, top off with lettuce, onion and black olives. Serve “taco style” for a snack or main meal.

I know I can’t wait to try both of these!