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September 29, 2016

Slow-Cooker Beef Ravioli

Easy, delicious and economical comfort food for Fall or Winter


This Slow-Cooker Beef Ravioli is obviously a mock recipe, as I have not used actual Ravioli pasta in the dish, but Farfalle (Bow Tie) pasta instead. But, it tastes just like the real thing, only easier and more delicious - to me anyway.

I do not add raw pasta to the slow-cooker in the beginning but rather add cooked pasta later on in the recipe, as I have found that the pasta keeps up the shape better this way.

Easy, delicious and economical comfort food for Fall or Winter

The dish is super creamy and one of the best comfort pasta dinner recipes I have tried in the slow-cooker to date. It is also a very economical dish as it serves 6 adults easily, and if you add another 2 cups of Pasta and an additional can of Tomato Puree, the dish is more than enough for 8 - 9 adult servings.

A little frying in the beginning (you can cook the Pasta whilst busy with this) and after that it is basically a dump and cook affair, which is always a bonus. Towards the end of the cooking time, the Pasta, Spinach and Cheeses are stirred in, re-heated and dinner is ready.

We never have a side dish (vegetable or salad) with the Beef Ravioli, as it is rich and very filling, but it is up to you if you would prefer a little something on the side.

An additional sprinkling of Parmesan is also quite delightful ! I leave that up to my family, some like some extra Parmesan, whereas I am happy with the dish as is from the slow-cooker.

Slow-Cooker Beef Ravioli



6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

2 TB Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
700g Lean Ground Beef       ( 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cans (410g each) Tomato Puree
1 can (410g) Whole Tomatoes
1 t Sugar
1 t Dried Oregano
1 t Dried Italian Herbs
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
5 cups Spinach, chopped
450g Farfalle Pasta, cooked and drained  (Bow Tie Pasta)     (1 pound)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Heat the Olive Oil in a skillet - saute the Onion and Garlic until soft - add the Beef and cook until brown (drain excess fat if necessary) - transfer to slow-cooker
2.) Add the Tomato Puree, Whole Tomatoes, Sugar, Oregano and Italian Herbs to the Beef - season to taste with Salt and Black Pepper - cover the slow-cooker and cook on HIGH 3 - 4 hours (or LOW 6 -7 hours)
3.) During the last 30 minutes, add the Spinach and cooked Pasta, stir through - then add the Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheeses - stir through and cook until the Cheese has melted
4.) Add more Salt and Black Pepper if necessary

Serve immediately.

Easy, delicious and economical comfort food for Fall or Winter

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Easy, delicious and economical comfort food for Fall or Winter

2 comments:

  1. I love ravioli and receipe looks so good and delicious! Thanks for this receipe!

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