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    Default Frozen stuffed shells in crockpot?

    I have a package of frozen Celentano stuffed shells, the kind packaged without the sauce. Has anyone tried doing these in a crockpot? Mine has a square Corning Ware insert, so they will probably fit all in one layer, with sauce underneath and on top. There are lasagna recipes for the CP, so I'm thinking maybe this would work.

    I often do pre-cooked meatballs in the CP. I put them in frozen, mixed with a jar of sauce, and cook them on low for about 4 hours. I figured maybe about the same time and temp for the shells?

    TIA for anyone's experiences with this.

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    Uh-oh. I'm replying to my own post. Does that qualify as talking to myself?

    FYI, It worked and I'll do it again.

    Usually when cooking these stuffed shells in a jar of sauce, I end up with a lot of extra sauce that I don't know what to do with. The long, slow cooking let the pasta absorb a lot more liquid. The shells plumped up nicely and looked more substantial. They were in more like 4-1/2 hours and I think they could have stayed a bit longer without drying out too much. We were able to eat dinner about 10 minutes after I got home. Threw some garlic toast in the oven, made some salad, and done.

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    My kids love pasta, so I'm going to try this. Thanks!

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    I do the meatball thing too... it's one of the few things EVERYONE in my family will eat! LOL!
    I have some frozen ravioli that I've wanted to do the same thing with - but I'm an out of the house worker / full time job - I wonder if it would work going for 8 hours on low?

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    That sounds really good!!!! I'll have to try it in the crockpot!

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    I do the frozen raviolis all the time.. just pour a bit of sauce in the bottom.. then layer and sauce again.. I start on high for a few hours..then low about 2 near the end.. about an hour before i put in motz cheese on top.. they have a great taste..they kinda swell with the sauce... good eating..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsbs View Post
    I do the meatball thing too... it's one of the few things EVERYONE in my family will eat! LOL!
    I have some frozen ravioli that I've wanted to do the same thing with - but I'm an out of the house worker / full time job - I wonder if it would work going for 8 hours on low?
    If you don't have a timer on your crockpot, you can get these things at the hardware store that you plug into the outlet and then plug your appliance in and it will basically turn off your appliance at whatever time you tell it to. My DH used to use them when he had reptiles for their lights.

    It looked something like this:
    http://www.bghydro.com/BGH/itemdesc....=&eq=&ic=TIBDA

    But his was a lot more simple and cheaper too.

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    What a great idea. I've been craving stuffed shells, so maybe I'll try them in the crock pot next week.

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