We get so busy in our (now) family of 11 that we sometimes forget we have to eat! And, while crock pot meals can be marvelous (I use those, too), I am so guilty of forgetting to start one early in the day (anyone with me?). That’s why I love this big family Italian dump dish.
It’s so easy to assemble, cooks so quickly, and, BONUS, there is only ONE pan to clean!
Here are some photos to illustrate:
First, we gather and chop. Then we sautee and season.
We add meat, tomatoes, and water.
Then we add DRY noodles.
That’s right; no extra boiling and then combining. The noodles bubble along happily right with the yummy tomatoes, seasonings, and meat, making them extra tasty in the end!
Then we cover and wait (use medium heat, of course, as if you didn’t know that already).
Oh, and don’t forget to stir often–you don’t want everything to stick and burn–you probably will need to add in a little extra water as things progress.
After about 15 minutes (I’m always shocked at how quickly this dish goes) you can plate and serve! Make sure and have some bread and/or salad (I use the bagged kind when I am in a hurry) on the side to round this meal out and streeetch it for your crowd.