When you own multiple businesses, live on your own and work in rural America, there are some obstacles when it comes to meal prep. Crock Pot meals are my go-to when we’re in a busy season like now and I know I won’t have time to make lunch or dinner around the actual meal time.
Since I live in rural America, as many of you do, sometimes the local grocery store doesn’t have the ingredients you’re initially looking for and you have to make adjustments and substitutions.
We are in the middle of shipping season and this meal, Crock Pot Sausage and Tomato Pasta, is a huge hit with the crew.
Here are the Ingredients
- Large shell pasta noodles
- Pork Sausage
- Tony Crachere’s “More Spice: Creole Seasoning”
- I do like spicy sausage and the grocery store didn’t have any so I’m going to add my own seasoning to make it spicy.
- Two cans of diced tomatoes
- Swanson chicken broth
- Plain cream cheese
One of the best parts about this dish is it doesn’t matter if I put it in the crockpot for 3 hours or 8 hours. It’s still delicious. As many of you know, sometimes when people gather cattle they’ll tell me they’ll be back to the corrals at 11 and sometimes it’s 4 p.m. This meal tastes great no matter what time we plate it up.
I really enjoy making this, it’s delicious, it’s easy. It lasts all day long. And it’s nice & warm, which really helps on a cool, October day.
First, we are going to brown and ground this sausage. It might still be slightly frozen, which is OK because I do want my crockpot to boil a little bit before I put it in. I set the stove really low and put a little olive oil on my pan.
Then I add the spicy seasoning to the meat.
My crockpot is on low because of the time frame for my dish and it’s time to throw in the bag of noodles
Next, put in the chicken broth, which you could measure, but I usually just estimate and fill about half of the container up with chicken broth. I watch the sides and it usually takes about one of these depending on how many noodles I am using.
Then, add both cans of tomatoes to the Crock Pot.
I add the cream cheese later, so I’m going to put the lid on now leave it on for about 30 minutes and leave it on low for about 30 minutes and then pop it on high.
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