1 lb ground beef or italian sausage (I used the italian sausage)
1 medium size onion, chopped (I probably used half as much onion as it called for)
2 cloves garlic minced
2 (26 oz) jars tomato based pasta sauce of your choice
3/4 cup beef broth
8 oz tomato sauce
2 tsp dried basil or italian seasoning
2 (25 oz) packages of ravioli, frozen (do not defrost)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1. In skillet, add meat, garlic, and onions. Cook meat until browned. Drain off grease. Add the pasta sauce, broth, and tomato sauce. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Pour 2 cups of tomato sauce into slow cooker. Add one package of ravioli, then sprinkle with half of mozzarella and 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese. Add 2 more cups of sauce, the last package of ravioli, the remaining mozzarella, and 2 tbsp of Parmesan. Cover with remaining tomato sauce.
3. Cover and ccok on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, or low for 5-6 hours. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, cover and let cook 10 minutes more.
I halved this recipe and it was plenty for our family plus leftovers the next day for the kiddies lunch. It reminded me a lot of the tortellini recipe I did previously. Reagan and Skyler loved it and it tasted good to me as well. This recipe would not be difficult to make on the stove, but sometimes it is more convenient to do all the preparation ahead. I guess that is the point of this whole blog, is preparing when you have the time. The night before, at breakfast or lunch time, nap time, etc. That is what is so great about the slow cooker! It allows you to have great meals without the hassle of making them at what can sometimes be the most busy time of the day. I heart you crockpot...you complete me.