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cheesy beef goulash

Crock Pot Cheesy Beef Goulash

My family goes crazy over this Cheesy Crock Pot Goulash. We eat every single bit down to the last piece of pasta, and the leftovers are even better!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 570kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 24 oz jars spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 24 oz jar water
  • 1 16 oz box Cavatappi pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Brown and crumble ground beef
  • Drain excess grease and set aside
  • In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, minced garlic and parsley
  • In the bottom of a 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker, add half a jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Evenly layer half the box of the Cavatappi pasta on top of sauce
  • Pour remaining jar of spaghetti sauce over noodles
  • Pour on half a jar of water
  • Layer half the cooked ground beef mixture over top
  • Dollop the entire cream cheese mixture evenly as possible over the beef layer, don't stir the mixture
  • Evenly layer the rest of the Cavatappi pasta on top of the cream cheese layer
  • Top with remaining jar spaghetti sauce
  • Pour another half jar of water on top of spaghetti sauce
  • Finally, layer the rest of the cooked ground beef on top
  • Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours or high for 2 hours
  • Stir mixture carefully but well
  • Layer 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese on top
  • Cover for an additional 15-20 minutes
  • Carefully remove Crock Pot from metal base and broil in oven for 5-7 minutes until cheese is browned to liking and cheese is melted

Nutrition

Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 487mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 3mg