crock pot Freezer Meals: Beefy Ravioli
Beefy Ravioli is a very easy crock pot freezer meal to make as it only requires 4 ingredients and 2-3 hours to cook. It's also very versatile, so if you like your pasta dishes to be more saucy or cheesy, the skies the limit with this meal!
Assembly: First, I took a gallon freezer bag and wrote the cooking instructions on it with a black Sharpie.
Write on Bag: Cook on high 2-3 hours. 20 mins. before serving top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Recover and let melt. Serve with garlic toast and salad (optional for the serving)
- 1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
- 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce, any variety (If you like your pasta meals saucy, use a bigger sized jar such as 32-36 oz.)
- 1 (25 oz) bag frozen beef ravioli
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (I love cheese, so I added close to 2 cups)
Step 2: In a large bowl, open and dump the whole bag of frozen ravioli in it, next add the browned ground beef and the whole jar of spaghetti sauce.
Step 3: Mix well.
*Note: Before cooking this crock pot freezer meal, you might want to slightly unthaw it, so it can fit in the crock pot better.
*With this recipe, each meal will feed a family of 4.
*According to Crock-Pot.com you can cook frozen meat in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, but suggested cook time may need to be increased. To ensure meat is cooked through, use a meat thermometer. Meat should be well above 165°F to be tender.
*From my personal experience I have not had any issues with putting the meat into the crock pot frozen, but use your own judgement on this.
*If you want to, the night before making a crock pot freezer meal, just take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge.
*I don't defrost any of these bags prior to putting them into the crock pot. I do however run the bag under hot water until the frozen chunk is loose from the bag and then I put the frozen chunk into the crock pot and let it cook.