I created this recipe by combining 3 different recipes I found on Pinterest. It turned out great! Served it with a nice bottle of Chianti and followed with carrot cake to celebrate my birthday.
- 1 lbs browned Italian sausage
- 1 small yellow onion
- 25 oz. pasta sauce
- 6 oz fresh baby spinach
- 14 oz artichoke hearts
- 1 Tbl Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 brick lite cream cheese
- ¼ C pesto
- 2 C Italian cheese mix, shredded
- ¼ C water
- 12 oz. ziti pasta, uncooked
- 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
Brown sausage with onion and spices. Stir in pasta sauce, artichoke hearts and spinach. Set aside.
Mix Mozzarella, cream, and Parmesan cheeses with store bought pesto.
Spray Pam in crockpot. Spoon third of meat mixture into bottom, layer half of the uncooked ziti pasta, then drop rounded tablespoons of cheese mixture over the pasta. Repeat. Before you do final layer, put the 1/4 cup of water in your empty pasta jar, shake and pour over everything. Last layer must be meat sauce that seals all below. This means 3 layers of meat and two layers each of pasta and cheese mixture.
Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender. 15-20 minutes before serving add fresh Parmesan cheese. Serve as soon as cheese is melted and bubbly.