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16 Comforting Pasta Recipes You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker

Sorry Italy, but you can totally cook pasta in a slow cooker. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Everybody knows slow cookers are great for making soups and stews — but what if I told you you can make pasta in a slow cooker?

Yep, with the right recipe, you can make delicious pasta completely in a slow cooker! We rounded up recipes that cook the pasta directly in the slow cooker, as well as ones that cook the pasta separately and add it in. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken

This pasta gets a serious kick from red pepper flakes and hot sauce making it the perfect dinner for spice lovers. Get the recipe.

2. Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac

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This recipe uses nutritional yeast to give it a savory flavor that mimics cheese, but feel free to leave it out if you can't find it in your grocery store. Get the recipe.

3. Crock Pot Italian Chicken Pasta

A block of cream cheese gives this pasta a silky smooth texture that perfectly coats the pasta. Get the recipe.

4. Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Just dump everything in your slow cooker (including the pasta) and walk away. Give it a few stirs every now and then, and dinner is done ✓. Get the recipe.

5. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is the ultimate comfort food — and making it in a slow cooker makes it the ultimate lazy weeknight dinner, too. Get the recipe.

6. Slow Cooker Lo Mein

Who needs take-out when you have a slow cooker? Get the recipe.

The best part about this creamy buffalo chicken recipe? The noodles cook right in the sauce so there's no need to boil them. Get the recipe.

8. Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Top this comforting chili mac with all your favorite toppings, from sour cream to shredded cheese. Get the recipe.

9. Slow Cooker Lasagna

Did you know you can make lasagna in the slow cooker? Well you can. And it's delicious. Get the recipe.

10. Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

Cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker with tomatoes helps break it down and transform it into the perfect sauce to toss with pasta. Get the recipe.

11. Slow Cooker Beef Ragu With Pappardelle

If you've ever made a homemade ragu before, you know just how much work it takes. This version makes the sauce completely in a slow cooker and tosses it with hot pasta for a simpler take on the comfort food classic. Get the recipe.

The perfect hearty dinner to serve on cold nights, or when you just don't feel like slaving away in the kitchen. Get the recipe.

13. Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Cooking the spaghetti directly in the tomato sauce makes this recipe the easiest spaghetti and meatballs you could ever imagine. Get the recipe.

14. Crock Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Thanks to a packet of Italian dressing mix, this fettuccine Alfredo is packed with flavor but only takes a handful of ingredients to make. Get the recipe.

15. Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Alla Vodka

Pro tip: Use the extra oil from the sun-dried tomatoes instead of olive oil to give this pasta an extra boost of tomato flavor. Get the recipe.

16. Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata

You'll have to sear the chicken breasts in a pan before adding them to the slow cooker to give them some color — but after that it practically makes itself. Get the recipe.

Looking for more delicious slow cooker recipes? Check out these posts:

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