Crockpot Pumpkin Spinach Ziti Casserole

It’s finals week(s) and I’ve been living on popcorn, clementines, peanut butter, and coffee.  But on Sunday, I decided to let my crockpot make my dinner for me.  I’ve been toying with the idea of making a lasagna in the crockpot, and that’s how I stumbled across this recipe for Pumpkin White Bean Lasagna.  But since you need to break the lasagna noodles anyway to fit them in the slow cooker, I decided to modify the recipe to use whole wheat ziti.  And of course, I snuck in one more vegetable and some Parmesan cheese while I was at it!  As you can see from the list of ingredients, this is pretty much a pantry meal with no special purchases required.  It took all of 20 minutes to assemble in the crockpot, and then I went on with my day.

When I came home, I was pleasantly surprised that the pasta had cooked fairly well.  This meal is soft, warm, and comforting.  It lacked a little bit of flavor though, so next time I would add more seasoning to the ricotta mixture.  In the meantime, I added a bit more sauce and some Parmesan cheese and it was a great dinner, with plenty leftover for lunches for the week.  Now, I have no excuses left and must go study!

 

 

 

Crockpot Pumpkin Spinach Ziti Casserole

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (16 oz.) container fat free ricotta
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (28 oz) can + 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (16 oz.) bag frozen spinach
4 heaping cups whole wheat ziti (buy a 12 oz. box)
1 (15 oz.) can white beans, rinsed and drained

In a small bowl, mix pumpkin, ricotta, and Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper.  In a larger bowl, mix tomato sauce and frozen spinach.

Coat the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray.  Place a heaping 1/2 c. of sauce on the bottom of the pot.  Add a heaping cup of dry pasta.  Add 1/3 of the cheese mixture, followed by 1/3 of the beans, and 1/4 of the remaining sauce.  Repeat layers of pasta, cheese, beans, and sauce 2 more times.  Add a final layer of pasta, and spread the remaining sauce on top.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

-Adapted from GeekyPoet

 

One thought on “Crockpot Pumpkin Spinach Ziti Casserole

  1. This looks delicious – I’ve just put it on my dinner menu for next week. I don’t care for beans (it’s a texture thing), so I’ll try it without the beans.

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