Crock Pot Pasta Recipes
Crock pot pasta recipes are among the quickest of all slow cooker meals, and there are some things you can do to speed them up even more.
Generally, pasta doesn't like long cooking times - it loses its shape and becomes a bit mushy if cooked for too long.
The best type of pasta to cook in a slow cooker is made from 'durum' wheat which keeps its shape well better than pasta made with eggs. Look for 'pre-cooked' or 'no-boil'.
Fresh pasta, which has to be boiled in plenty of water, doesn't work well in a slow cooker.
Starting from cold, medium pasta shapes will take two hours on the high setting. Whole wheat pasta will take a few minutes more. Small pasta shapes will take about 20 minutes on high.
The quickest way to make crock pot pasta recipes is to pre-heat the slow cooker on high, pre-cook the ingredients in a pan, and place everything, including the dry pasta in the crockpot for 45 minutes. Remember to add more water to the sauce if using this technique because the pasta will absorb it.
This crock pot pasta recipe for spaghetti is almost a staple dish and is very easy to make. Recipes for slow cooker spaghetti sauce allow the flavours to blend because of the long cooking time, so the garlic becomes less pungent and the herbs more subtle.
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Crockpot macaroni and cheese is easy and quick to make and everyone enjoys it. The recipe is a little different from oven cooked macaroni and cheese. An egg is needed to bind the ingredients together and this makes for a firmer texture.
Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
This crockpot lasagna recipe is pretty easy to make. The main thing is to buy noodles suitable for a crockpot lasagne. The ones to go for can be found in the dried pasta section, where they will be labelled either 'pre-cooked' or 'no need to pre-cook'. They can also be found pre-cooked in the chiller section.
Your Favourite Recipe for Pasta
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