Mar 2, 2013

Slow Cooker Saturday: Creamy Spaghetti

Getting this edition of Slow Cooker Saturday up a wee bit late, as we are hanging out with family and having a hotel weekend vacation. My Little Men LOVE staying in hotels. Even if it is just a few hours away from home.

Last night the three older all shared a queen-sized bed and goofed and giggled it up until well after 10 pm. They enjoyed swimming in the pool and a free HUGE breakfast...much bigger than I ever make, not being a big breakfast person.

Even better than the hotel is being able to spend time with family!

While we are enjoying this little weekend away, here is a SUPER yummy slow cooker recipe for you.

Creamy Spaghetti. YUM. This recipe was a hit for the whole family. My boys even fought over the leftovers.

Say what?!

True story. They loved, loved this recipe. This spaghetti is a great variation of traditional spaghetti. The addition of cream cheese makes the tomato sauce lighter and creamier...hence the name Creamy Spaghetti.

When I think of a quintessential comfort food family type meal just perfect for gathering together and enjoy food and each other, I think of Spaghetti.

Now I will think of this Creamy Spaghetti.

Meet our new family favorite spaghetti...

Hope this slow cooker recipe goes on your dinner list soon. I know you will enjoy it.

Have a great weekend.

Slow Cooker Creamy Spaghetti
adapted from Picky Palate

Printable Recipe

1 pound ground hamburger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 1/2 jars of traditional pasta sauce
1 pound spaghetti noodles
1/2 Parmesan cheese
1/2 brick of cream cheese (4 oz)
2 cups chicken broth

Season ground hamburger with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook in a skillet and drain off fat if necessary.

Pour one jar of pasta sauce into the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the spaghetti noodles in whole if they fit. However, if they don't you can break them in half. Spread them out evenly. Place the hamburger over the noodles. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the hamburger. Cut the cream cheese into cubes and then place those cubes over the top. Pour another jar of pasta sauce over the top of the cream cheese.

Place the lid on and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours.

Stir and break apart any noodles that might have stuck together. Pour in the 1/2 a jar of pasta sauce and 2 cups of chicken broth. Stir again.

Place lid on again and cook on HIGH for another 30-60 minutes.



Thanks for reading.

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