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January 9, 2020

Slow Cooker Ravioli Casserole - CROCK*POT CAFE 14

I love a versatile dish that basically cooks itself. I came across a couple recipes on the internet for a similar dish and thought I would try it with my own spins on it. It is a super easy recipe that you can let cook while you are out of the house. There are many ways to make it your own and I will include some of those tips.

Slow Cooker Ravioli Casserole

Ingredients:
  • 16oz bag frozen cheese ravioli (you can also use a meat filled if you prefer. Or really ravioli with any filling you like. It's up to you! You can also use refrigerated ravioli but I would reduce the cook time in half if you do)
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce (I prefer Ragu meat flavored)
  • 3 oz of pesto (I used 1/2 a jar of pesto from Aldi - you can make your own or use another brand)
  • 8 oz heavy cream

***Optional: Some great additions include shredded mozzarella (which I would have used but I did not have any on hand), parmesan, ground beef, sausage, pepperoni, bell peppers, and much more. Just throw them on top before cooking!

Directions
Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Layer in half the jar of tomato sauce. Pour on the raviolis. Pour on the remaining tomato sauce. Mix together the heavy cream and pesto and then pour over the top. Cook on low for 4 hours. Serve with garlic bread and a salad. Enjoy!

***I did not get a picture of the finished product but it basically looked like a baked ravioli dish and hubs loved it!

January 2, 2020

Cornbread Casserole - Instant Pot Inspiration #1

It's a new year! Welcome 2020. One of my cooking goals in 2020 is to use my instant pot more. I was so thrilled to get it and then so scared to use it. Now I am completely in love. For New Year's day dinner I made one of my side dishes in it and I want to share the recipe with you to start the new year right! It came out so much moister and more tender than the oven version and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. I found the original recipe HERE and then modified it slightly. You will need an electric pressure cooker for this recipe as well as a mini bundt pan (preferably nonstick). I found the bundt pan super cheap at my local Aldi a few months ago, but I know you can also find them at Amazon, and I believe possibly Walmart or Target.

Instant Pot Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 4 tbs melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I only use Breakstone's)
  • salt & pepper


Directions:
Mix all ingredients together. Grease mini bundt pan. Pour batter into pan and then cover tightly with foil. Put two cups of water in the inner pot. Place your trivet inside (mine is the metal one that comes with your pot, I also believe they sell silicone versions and you could also use that with no problem), and then place the bundt pan on your trivet. Secure your lid and make sure your valve is set to sealing. Hit the pressure cook button and set your time to 45 minutes. When the cooking is complete, do a quick release. Once your pin drops, carefully remove the bundt pan and let cool for at least 5 minutes. Then carefully remove the casserole from the bundt pan onto a plate. Enjoy!