This flavorful casserole is a winner for potlucks or just a family meal. I often assemble it earlier in the day and refrigerate. After a late afternoon dance class or basketball or soccer practice, I just pop it in the oven when I get home, make a salad or other veggie to go with it, and dinner's on the table in less than an hour. It's also good with a bit of Italian seasoning mixed in... I recently tried this in the crock pot and it worked quite well. To make it in the crock pot, cook the noodles just until they are ALMOST done so that they don't get too mushy before continuing with the recipe and instead of placing it in a baking dish, spoon the meat/noodle mixture in a 4 qt. crock pot - you can just mix the noodles and the meat sauce all together or layer them as in the recipe. Top with cheese and cook on low for 4 hours. The crock pot I used is one of the newer nesting crocks that come with 3 separate bowls and it tends to cook hotter than my older one, so I cooked it on low for approx. 4 hours on the 2 qt. setting (even though I was using the 4 qt. pot).