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Slow Cooker Pizza Bake Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Don’t you love slow cooker meals? :)  So quick and easy!  My aunt made this for a large family gathering and my kids (and husband!) could not get enough of it!  We have made it a couple of times since and it has been a huge hit every time.
Slow Cooker Pizza Bake Recipe (Freezer Meal)
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 medium onion (optional), diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
8 oz sliced pepperoni
4 oz (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
12 oz Rigatoni noodles, cooked
15 oz pizza sauce
26 oz Spaghetti sauce

1. Brown meat, onion and pepper in frying pan.
2. Drain grease and add pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce
3. Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot (spray with non-stick spray first).
4. Cook on HIGH for 30 minutes and then LOW for 2 or 3 hours until the cheese melts.
Note:  This makes a lot of food, so I usually freeze half before cooking it.  Later it can be thawed and cooked in the slow cooker as directed above.
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  1. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! I have been searching for freezer meals! I have made your meals the past 4 days! Each one wonderful! I made the pizza bake this morning and LOVE IT! This will be a family fav for sure!!! Thank You ladies!

  2. Corina says

    What ingredients to you freeze? I’m making a bunch of your freezer meals today- full time college student and mom of 4. :)

    • Cyd says

      Just make the whole recipe as directed. Instead of putting it in the crock pot, freeze it. Thaw it and cook later. :) Hope this helps!

  3. Emilee says

    How many people would you guess this serves? We are a family of 6, so I’m wondering if I can still get away with freezing 1/2 of it :)

    • Cyd says

      It would just depend on how big your servings are. I’m thinking around 10 servings. But if you have big eaters, maybe not as many servings. With little kids, you could get away with this for 2 meals.

  4. Bridget says

    Does the pasta stay al dente if it’s cooked and then frozen and then reheated in the crockpot? I’m worried about them getting mushy. Thanks! Love the ideas!

    • Janice says

      I wondered this question also. Is it ok to add the cooked pasta and then freeze- or would it be better to hold off adding the pasta until after you un-freeze it.

      • Cyd says

        You can add everything to the cooked pasta and then freeze. Either way would work, but it’s easier to have it all prepared and pull it out and reheat.

  5. Melanie says

    I’m making this tomorrow for myself and hubby and our 3 year old. I would like to divide this meal so we can have it at least one more time. How many freezer bags could I fill with this recipe for 2 adults?


  6. Tracy King says

    I made this for my family on Sunday and it was awesome. Even my Mom who likes her old favorites said she loved it and I should make it again. So thanks :)

  7. Janice Johnson says

    If you were to cook the entire recipe and then freeze the leftovers already fully cooked does it heat up well and if so, what would be the best way to reheat (microwave, oven, crockpot) and for how long? Or do you only recommend that you freeze it uncooked? Thanks so much! I am freezer cooking in preparation for new baby and this looks delicious! ;)

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