This past Monday, I reminded myself how wonderful having a slow cooker can be. I knew that I had a busy day and I knew I would not want to cook dinner after being gone all day.
I have to confess that I do not use my slow cooker/ crock pot appliance thing nearly as much as I could/should. Once upon a time I had a 6 week rotating menu plan that was mostly crock pot cooking. So many recipes called for cream of something soup and we stopped using cream of something soup in a can. I could never get the home made version to work as well.
Back to Monday. I decided to make “Chicken Spaghetti”. We hadn’t had that for a very long time. It’s my simple version of chicken cacciatore but I stopped calling it that because I tired of my husband’s well worn joke “But I don’t want to catch a Tori. I already caught a Tess”. Yes for awhile I would answer, “Fine. We’re having Chicken Cacciatess for dinner.”
I don’t have a real recipe for you and I don’t have any pictures but here’s what I did:
I threw 2 very large chicken breasts (boneless and skinless) into the crock pot. I added one can of spaghetti sauce (this time I used Hunt’s Garlic Herb.. I think the cans are about 26 oz). I added one large can (about 28 oz) tomato sauce. One can (net wt 4oz) slicked mushrooms and some sliced black olives. Cooked about 8 hours (give or take) on low. My chicken breasts were frozen so when they were cooked I used my kitchen shears to chunk them up. I served it over (cooked of course) spaghetti noodles with a salad and some garlic bread.
It was so nice to walk in the door after a long (but wonderful day) to smell dinner already cooking itself. I was so tired. My feet hurt. My children were tired. If not for the beloved crock pot, I’m sure we would have ended up with cereal for dinner.
I am now inspired to see what other crock pot recipes and ideas I can resurrect to include in my new 6 week rotating menu plan that I am creating.
Do you have a favorite Crock Pot recipe? I’d love some more ideas. Especially ideas that do NOT use cream of something soups.