Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday-Chilli FAIL

Do you ever have a day that you are thankful your mom isn't around? Don't get me wrong, I love my mom, she is my absolute best girlfriend, but I am so glad she wasn't here Monday. I was doing 100 things around the house and had to get dinner started in the crockpot. I grabbed my ground beef and started browning it. As it was finishing up I went to grab the rest of my items for my Chilli. Um...they were gone! I have no clue where they went but I was missing my beans, tomatoes and chilli powder. I specifically remember buying them because I knew I had to hide the can from Mark since it was "store brand". I either hid them REALLY well or I lost them. Maybe I left them on the counter at the store, or in my cart in the parking lot. No matter where they are, they aren't in my pantry!

So all I hear in my head is my mom's voice reminding me to "always check your ingredients before you start". "Yeah...but I knew they were there because I just bought them!"

OK panic mode. I just browned this meat, dinner isn't for 4 hours, what do I make? I started to dig through the pantry and decided to try my hand at some crock pot pasta. I'll be honest, I don't know what type of pasta it is because I don't get the difference(is it only the different noodles??) so here is my own recipe!

1lb Browned Ground Beef
Mozzarella Cheese
Pasta Sauce
Noodles..whatever you have is good to me!

Obviously I had already browned my meat so I added my pasta sauce to it. I just put it in the browning pan I was using after I had drained and rinsed my meat. I let it mix together as I moved to the next step.

I filled my colander with my noodles and let the water run over them. I didn't want to boil them as I felt they would get super soggy over the next few hours in the crock pot.

As the noodles were softening, and the meat was marinating I tossed my liner in my crock pot. I then put a layer of cheese down. I don't really know what way it should really be layered but that is what I threw down first.
Don't start with cheese...it just burns to the bottom. I say start with sauce

I then drained the water from my noodles and tossed half in.

Take your meat and sauce layer it on.

Now repeat. I only had enough to do two layers of each and toss some extra cheese on top.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

Now serve!