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CrockPot recipe Pepper and Basalmic Pork Chops, Pork chop recipe for the crockpot #PorkChops

Pepper and Balsamic Pork Chops ~ Crock Pot Recipe

I like this recipe because it taste good… BUT it looks good too. When you cook meat in the crock pot it often come out pale and “boil” looking.  With this recipe the meat comes out with great color and nice and tender.  It looks like it has been baked or cooked on the stove top.  This is a perfect recipe to toss in the crock pot on a busy day and  have dinner ready without the stress.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Pork Chops (medium- thick cut)
  • Black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Lay the pork chops in the bottom of the crock pot, sprinkle black pepper on the top of them. How much is your digression, I just pepper them like I would if I was going to grill them.  In a small mixing bowl, mix together the garlic, brown sugar, balsamic, oil, ginger powder, dry mustard and ginger.  Whisk together and pour over the pork chops. Put the lid on, cook over medium heat for 4-5 hours.  Or you can cook them over high heat for 3 hours.

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Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe

Cooking time 4-5 hours in a slow cooker or crockpot

Start with the meatballs:

1/2 lb ground beef 97% lean
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper (pinch)
1/2 cup diced onionRich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

In a mixing bowl mix together ground beef, sausage, seasoning and garlic.  Form into one inch balls, and place in the bottom of your crock pot. I like to form my balls with a small scoop makes them all the same size and quick and easy.  Once you have all the balls on the bottom of the slowcooker, sprinkle diced onions on top.  Cover with a lid and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.  They will be cooked through at this point and hold their shape till the end of the cooking process. Next step is to add the pasta and sauce.Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

On top of the cooked meatballs add, 1 16 oz box of dry fettuccine pasta.  You can leave the pasta long but I break mine up so it fits easier.  Pour in 4 cups hot water,  and 1 24oz jar of spaghetti sauce.  Make sure all the noodles are under the liquid. Place lid back on top of crock pot and cook for 1 – 2  hours.  It depends on how well you like your pasta done.   The longer it cooks the less sauce there will be and the softer the noodles.  Check it every half hour or so, give it a little stir and watch the magic of crock pot pasta happen.  It is so good your family will be asking for seconds.  Top with Italian cheese and enjoy.Rich and Hearty Fettuccine Pasta and Meatballs Slow Cooker Recipe ~ Crockpot Pasta recipe

TIP ~ If you were to use a thinner pasta like spaghetti or angle hair your cooking time would be MUCH shorter, like 30- hour instead.

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Are you looking for a thrifty dessert idea?  This is a recipe I have been making for years and seems to always be a hit, so I thought I would share it with you.  Plus most the items I already have in my “stockpile” which is an added bonus!

You will need:

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 4-6 Hershey’s Full sized chocolate bars broken into bits
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream  or half and half (add more to thin if you would like)
  • Crock Pot
  • Fondue sticks

Treats to dip into it:

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Pound cake or Angel Food Cake
  • Brownie bites
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Oranges
  • Cookies
  • pretzels


In a Crock pot add Marshmallows, Chocolate bits and Cream

Put the lid on, and turn on high

In about 20-30 mins it will start to melt, give it a stir

Stir again  in 10 minutes

Stir every 10 minutes, till it is smooth and creamy.  Depending on how hot your crock pot is and how even it heats it will take 40 minutes to an hour.  Once it is mixed well, TURN DOWN to keep warm setting.  Eat right away or it  will keep for several hours so you can make it ahead of time if you like!

If you do not have a crock pot the same recipe can be made on a stove top over low heat, stirring continually as to not scald the cream.

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Thanks to  Purposely Frugal for this money saving  recipe for Spaghetti or Pizza Sauce that you can make in the crock pot.  Perfect recipe for the hot summer months, since a crock pot will not heat you your kitchen!

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This sauce can be used not only for spaghetti, but also for pizza, lasagna, chicken Parmesan…you get the idea. You can even throw in some browned ground beef if you want.  It can simmer on your stove top or in your crock pot (see tip about herbs in crock pot below).

Ingredients:

  • 1 can tomato sauce (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 2 cans tomato paste (6 oz. each)
  • 1/2  tomato sauce can of water
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • pepper
  • salt
  • oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar (more if you like your sauce sweeter)
  • olive oil

Sauté onions and pepper in olive oil. Once they’re almost soft add the garlic and cook a few seconds more. Add all the ingredients to the crock pot, tasting to make sure you have the right amounts of seasonings. Turn on low and cook at least 2 hours.  If you want to freeze it just let it cool and put in labeled freezer bags.

Crock Pot Tip: “Ground herbs and spices tend to dissipate over long cooking times, so it’s best to add them near the end of cooking. Whole herbs release flavors over time, so are a good choice for crockery cooking. You should taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary, before serving.”

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