That’s Pinteresting and a reader Crockpot recipe submission…

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Cara, a reader from Southern California submitted a recipe for Crockpot Spaghetti.

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  • 1 lb lean ground turkey sausage (see recipe below)
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (no sugar added)
  • 8 ounces (uncooked) 100% whole wheat spaghetti, about 2/3 of a 13.25 oz box, break into small pieces before adding to meat mixture
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped (fresh) basil
  • Kosher or sea Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


Add all the sausage ingredients a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Cook ground turkey sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking into small pieces while cooking. Ensure the turkey loses its pink color before removing from heat. Drain, discard any fat and set aside. Combine meat with marinara and broken spaghetti pieces.

In a medium bowl combine cooked turkey sausage with the remaining ingredients, add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours or until spaghetti is al dente and cheese is bubbly.

Serve and sprinkle with parmesan if desired.

Here’s her play by play:

I did the meat last night so I don’t have the cute spice photo but I’ll try to take one. Crock meals are always so fug.

Basically it looks like puke.

And I was out of shredded mozzarella so I just used string cheese cover the top. I doubled the recipe since my sister and her best friend are here and everyone is saying it smells amazing!

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(I am really loving Cara’s Argyle String Cheese application. Genius.)

So I was really lazy and literally used all stuff from target and stuff I had in the fridge/freezer (aka the small cottage cheese and the frozen chopped basil).

I used super lean turkey but went with Giada’s pasta instead of my usual quinoa pasta because I was scared of how it would slow cook.  Plus the kids like the curly-cue pasta anyway.

Stay tuned for the taste test. This was VERY easy. Made the “sausage” last night.  And it really does look like puke. Ha ha ha.

It’s so good. Cooked a little too long.  So mushy but the kids say yum!

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Well there you have it mamas: it looks like puke but so good!  If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.  I hope you enjoyed her humorous look at crocking.

Here’s what Pinteresting this week:

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Turkey Cups for the kids, maybe they could make them at Thanksgiving dinner! (No Source)

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Someday I may host TGivs.  I would love to use these plates.  There are beautiful and so classic looking.

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I love getting the kids involved.  A tin can and some craft supplies.  So cute!!

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The most beautiful fall sugar cookies.  Unfortunately, I’m not a baker.  But I truly wish I could make these.  (No source)

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What a cute sweet treat!  Another one the kiddos could do all on their own.

Don’t forget, tonight os our monthly MNO.  This month is at Visconti’s in Folsom.  Let me know if you want to join us.  It’s always a good time!





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