We have made a commitment, as a family, to try to attend church more regularly. Honestly, we haven’t been attending regularly for a long time…like years! Even if you don’t attend church, surely I’m not the only one that struggles with sticking to a routine. It seems when I add something extra, I seem to fall short in another area…home cooked meals, for example.
I am struggling to get meals on the table, especially without eating out. Especially, on Wednesday night😬. By the time we get off work, it’s time to go to church. Then when we get home, get showers, eat, do homework, etc… it’s time for bed. It feels similar to a whirlwind in my home, sometimes. I am returning to my old tried and true favorite to help me through this…drum roll, please….The Amazing Crockpot!☺️
One package spaghetti noodles(I used only half the box pictured so I used approximately 1pound)
One pound of pre-cooked frozen ground beef or prepackaged frozen meatballs.
One jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Spray the crock with cooking spray or coat with oil/butter lightly(I used coconut oil here). Break up noodles and place in the bottom of the crock, pour 1 cup of water over noodles, place frozen cooked ground beef over top, pour spaghetti sauce over all, then top with mozzerella. Do not stir! Cook on low for 3 hours, then serve.
Frugal Dribs: Use whatever noodles you have. I have used bowtie and macaroni noodles and they worked great. Also, use whatever melting cheese you have on hand. You could also leave off the cheese or just sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Then give yourself a pat on the back because you have provided your family another home cooked meal with minimal fuss ☺️.
My husband and I run a business, so I am putting these ingredients in my crockpot before I leave home in the morning to take to work with me. I will turn it on about 3 hours before I pick up my kids from school.
A few things:
I have made this type of meal several times but this is the first time I used plain spaghetti noodles and they worked great☺️!
I recommended coating the crockpot with a bit of oil or cooking spray or sometimes the noodles become kinda adhered to the sides, which can cause them to be crunchy instead of soft🙁.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that any noodles that will be up against the sides of the crock have some water poured over them, before adding the other layers….rather than just pouring it in the middle.
When the spaghetti sauce is added, then topped with a cheese layer, it sorta seals the moisture from the water in…so your noodles get cooked well.
I should also mention that you don’t have to break up the noodles. My husband does not like long noodles, so this is just a preference in my home☺️. If you are Italian, I’m sure you are scoffing at me right now…but you are probably scoffing at the idea that I actually call this spaghetti, too. This is a very short-cut Americanized…is that a word???…version of a spaghetti-like meal…..better? ☺️
This turns out kinda like a baked spaghetti. It’s not going to be the same as spaghetti made on the stove top, but I think you will agree it’s a good alternative for a meal that can be prepared ahead of time. Now…I know basic spaghetti cooked the regular way is pretty quick to prepare. I needed a meal ready to eat when I get back from picking up the kids up and running a few errands so, like everything else, this meal has it’s place. I hope you will give it a try sometime☺️.
I am going to take the weekend off from blogging because I want to spend some quality time with my family. We are celebrating birthdays and Mother’s Day. Don’t forget about me, though!….Mark your calendars because I already have some posts in the works for next week that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.☺️
One will be a doll cake tutorial.You know…the ones that have an actual doll stuck down in the middle? I have made a few of these in the past. I’m no cake expert, but I have learned a few frugal tricks along the way so I hope you will take a peek. The other is an upcycle project I have been working on that I can’t wait to show you, so stay tuned☺️!
Lastly, yet most important…..I hope all of you out there that are Moms or know a Mother that you love, will take time to celebrate those relationships this weekend. Have a great one and I hope to see you again on Monday☺️!