Today Brother Dear would have been 62 years young. Over the years since his surrender to cancer, when I’ve felt that need to draw him near, I’ve cooked up one of his favorites. Sure enough, as the aromas float to the heavens, I feel his spirit smile, filling the room with warmth and joy. But the world moves on, and so must 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 from your sisters who all love you.
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.