When you crave a satisfying pasta dinner, but are short on time, reach for these easy and delicious crockpot recipes. We've included plenty of time-saving dishes here that you can prep in minutes in the morning and serve for weeknight family dinners, plus a few that are special enough for company. From the ultimate crockpot spaghetti and meatballs to a wonderful vegan lasagna (and even slow cooker chicken chow mein), you'll find plenty of ideas here for cooking pasta in the handy kitchen appliance.
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Creamy macaroni and cheese is always a pleasure to dig into, whether you're serving it to kids as a hot lunch or enjoying it at dinner time. This crockpot mac and cheese needs fewer than 10 ingredients and is super easy to make. Simply cook and drain the pasta, then add to the slow cooker with other ingredients. Wait about three hours, then get eating!
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For an easy, comforting, cold weather dinner you can throw together in minutes in the morning, try this classic beef stroganoff. The slow cooker is the ideal method for cooking well-marinated chunks of beef in an extra-rich and mushroomy sour cream sauce. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.
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Once you've made spaghetti and meatballs in the slow cooker, you may never go back. The sauce cooks all day long, taking on an enormous amount of flavor, just like the red sauce nonna used to make. Use prepared frozen meatballs if you like, as a time-saving shortcut, ladling the finished meatballs and sauce over your choice of hot, cooked pasta noodles.
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Make this meat lover's lasagna when you're craving a hearty, Italian-style dinner, but don't have time to fuss in the kitchen. Brown ground beef in a skillet in the morning, simmering it briefly with jarred spaghetti sauce. Then layer the mixture in the crockpot with uncooked lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese, and leave to cook hands-free for hours. Top with parmesan cheese for serving.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Easy, cheesy chicken Alfredo tastes luscious and special but is incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker. Assemble chopped chicken breasts or thighs in the appliance with packaged fresh fettuccine, garlic, onions, red bell pepper, and jarred four-cheese Alfredo sauce, and allow to cook for several hours. Add thawed frozen broccoli florets near the end of cooking, for extra color and flavor.
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Got leftover roast turkey from a holiday feast? Use it to make saucy crockpot turkey tetrazzini. This is a "dump dinner" style dish that you make by adding all the ingredients into the crockpot at once. By the time you come home, diced cooked turkey, mushrooms, condensed cream of chicken soup, and cheddar cheese will have transformed into a tasty, filling meal.
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Do something different for pizza night with this kid-pleasing crockpot pizza pasta casserole. Ground beef, jarred pizza sauce, tomatoes, onion, and pepperoni slices go into the long-cooked sauce, with boiled pasta and cheeses added at the end for the perfect al dente texture. Feel free to tweak it to taste with your family's favorite pizza toppings.
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Hearty, protein-packed crockpot beef stew with pasta and beans makes a great Sunday dinner, and is easy enough for beginner cooks. No extra step of browning is needed before adding the beef to the crockpot, along with red wine, beef broth, diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, and baby carrots. Add dry pasta and thawed frozen green beans right at the end of serving, for perfect al dente results.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Chicken and shrimp taste wonderful together in this elegant, super-creamy slow cooker dish that is meant to be served over hot cooked linguine or spaghetti. Thawed frozen cooked shrimp are added near the end of cooking, so they don't become tough. And plenty of veggies, thyme, and basil add gorgeous color and flavor. Use jarred Alfredo sauce as an easy shortcut.
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Who needs takeout when you can cook restaurant-style chicken chow mein in your own crockpot? Make it easily with this set-it-and-forget-it recipe that includes tender chicken breasts, chewy chow mein noodles, crunchy water chestnuts, carrots, green onions, bean sprouts, and celery.
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Condensed golden mushroom soup with red wine creates a delicious sauce for cubed stewing beef in this satisfying crockpot beef and noodles dinner. You can cook the noodles separately, or add them to the stew for the last 10 minutes of cooking, so they soak up all that great beefy flavor.
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Oodles of noodles, slow-braised chicken pieces, and chopped fresh vegetables make this warming chicken noodle soup an essential crockpot recipe to know. Cook chicken and veggies with basic seasonings for six hours in the crockpot, to develop deep flavor in the broth. Add pasta near the end of cooking, for perfectly tender noodles.