Then you can just stir in the pasta and cover it right before baking. For a heartier flavor I add a small can diced Italian style tomatoes, I drain the juice into large measuring cup then add water to equal the 3 cups. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved, The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified. I added more flavor by making homemade meatballs and sauce and I mixed up some mozzarella cheese with some garlic herb spread and spread that on the bread (I used a baguette from the bakery-not the frozen bread). I do have one question; Could I use veggie-based noodles and still cook for the same time, or does the recipe call for normal noodles? . Christine! That doesn’t mean I am taking away any stars and I’m head over heels in love with this since I can *actually* make it!!! In fact, it was prepped and ready in about five minutes--before my oven was even preheated! It would just add another layer of flavor and make them even more tender. I'm guessing that about the same amount of liquid and 3-4 hours on LOW would do the trick in the slow cooker, but I definitely have not tested that method. I often find that the prep time given in recipes is less than what it takes me to prep, but not this one! And easy recipes are always wonderful -- no matter how old we are! Any suggestions? If you would prefer to bake it before delivering it, I would suggest reheating instructions as follows: bake, covered, at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. Yes, you can definitely use the homemade meatballs. . FANTASTIC! If so, what temp do you recommend rehearing and for how long? Wonderful! It's definitely one of our go-to options as well, because it's just so darn easy! If she's heating it from room temp, it should be warm within 20-25 minutes. Would not recommend. Sorry! If you give it a shot, let me know! It's not a silly question at all! - Then she can stir everything together in the dish and enjoy a fresh, homemade dinner for her family whenever she needs something easy -- and you don't have to worry about the quality of the meal for reheating. Hi, Eliza! I also substituted one cup of the water for more sauce (buying 2 jars)... then I added a bit more sauce once it was all stirred up. Would it work if I cook longer and would I need to use more water because of the size of the noodles? I cooked for 40 min amd 5 min uncovered and was perfect. But you have for it to cook 1st for 35 mins...I did everything you said and I ended up having to put it back in for 20 more mins. Just keep an eye on the penne -- it should have a similar baking time to the rotini, but it may need a few minutes more or less. I guess my point is that a few minutes either way for an oven is just a normal thing. I'm so glad that it was a hit! It's difficult to know how long the pasta will need, since every slow cooker runs at slightly different temperatures. Maybe I should add this to my recipe testing list! I'm so glad that you stopped by! It is quick and simple! Enjoy! It was a hit with my boyfriend, but his son didn’t care for it. I do think Aunt Bee & I would get along. I hope it turns out okay. I was wondering can I make ahead and put in fridge/freezer? Hi Blair - this looks awesome! 6 cups water Information is not currently available for this nutrient. I love this site and i visit your site everyday. Remove the cover, give the pasta a stir, and sprinkle cheese over top. I added fennel seeds, a bit of cayenne, dried basil and garlic powder before baking. Any suggestions? I was intrigued in your site because of the exquisite oriented info and sensations it displayed. I used my own meatballs that I made the night before. Thank you for the recipe! Just be careful not to overcook the pasta in the slow cooker or it will become mushy. Then move on to the next step. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). I'm curious if anyone has tried this as a freezer meal; I'm thinking it would be best to cook and then freeze. I agree, Jane. I seriously wanted this to be as great as it sounded, but I thought, "hmm bread under sauce for 20+ minutes sound gloopey". Tastes great too! Pour spaghetti sauce and meatballs over garlic bread, coating bread with sauce and distributing meatballs evenly. I made this for dinner tonight and although it came out looking like the picture, it was bland and tasteless. Is the picture misleading, because step 2 of the recipe reads: "In a large baking dish (about 9 x 13), stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs. My spaghetti sauce was delish, my homemade meatballs were delish--I should have served them BESIDE some garlic bread. Yes, an aluminum pan will be fine! Oh my goodness. Took the noodle mix out of the oven (the pasta wasn't yet done and there was plenty of liquid left in the dish) and stirred in the onions and meatballs. do you both use convection ovens? I want this for dinner tonight!! What a great combination of meatballs and rotini pasta! Since you're using uncooked pasta, I think that the texture gets a little gummy if it sits around too long (in the fridge or even after baking as leftovers), so it's just not my preference.


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