Today would have been Brother Dear’s 60th birthday. Over the years since his surrender to cancer, I’ve shared some of his favorite dishes to honor and remember him by. His most favorites were summed up nicely with links on Christmas Eve the year of his passing in my post Celebrating Life – A Collection of Brother Dear’s Favorite Recipes.
Over the years, I’ve served up his favorites when I felt the need to draw him near. But the world moves on, and so do I. Although Brother Dear never tasted Crock Pot Pizza Pasta, with my first bite I knew it would have received his stamp of approval. It’s a strange sort of marriage that works well – the texture of Lasagna (one of his favorites) with the flavor of Pizza (top in his book).
Here’s to you, Brother Dear. Happy Birthday.
Crock Pot Pizza Pasta
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 (8 oz) package Rigatoni Pasta
1 (16 oz) Package Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 (10 oz) can Condensed Cream of Tomato Soup
2 (14 oz) Jars Pizza Sauce
1 (8 oz) Package Sliced Pepperoni
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off grease.
In a slow cooker, alternate layers of ground beef, pasta, cheese, tomato soup, pizza sauce and pepperoni.
Cook on LOW setting for 4 hours.
Serve with a salad and garlic bread to complete the meal.