Dinner In A Snap: No Boil Crockpot Creamy Pasta Recipe

June 24, 2013

No Boil Crockpot Creamy Pasta Recipe

I recently came across this recipe for creamy spaghetti a few months ago on Pinterest.  I was skeptical to give it a try because it called for cooking raw spaghetti in the crockpot.  I’d never heard of being able to toss unboiled pasta in the crockpot but thought “what the heck, I’ll give it a whirl”.  Instead of using spaghetti, I opted to try this recipe with rigatoni pasta.

Let me just mention how unbelievably quick and easy this recipe is.  It literally takes 10 – 15 minutes to throw everything together then walk away.  I didn’t go back to it until a few hours later, gave it a stir and voila!  Instant dinner!

The pasta is evenly cooked and stays very moist and is not dried out at all.  The cream cheese gives it another dimension of flavor that I wasn’t expecting.  I very much prefer the taste of this now over just cooking it on the stove.

The original recipe called for layering in cooked ground beef too but I chose not to add that.  Don’t just limit yourself to rigatoni pasta with this recipe though, feel free to choose whichever style you’d like.  I think next time I’m going the spiral route.

No Boil Crockpot Creamy Pasta Recipe

No Boil Crockpot Creamy Pasta

from Picky Palate

Serves 4

Ingredients:

45oz large jar of Ragu pasta sauce (or 2 standard sized jars of your favorite sauce)
1/2 lb uncooked rigatoni (or pasta of your choice)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup water

Directions:

1.  Pour a very generous layer of pasta sauce (about 1/3 of the jar) in the bottom of your crockpot.  Add water and stir.  Pour in your uncooked pasta in an even layer.

2.  Add more pasta sauce (about another 1/3 of the jar) on top of the uncooked pasta.  Sprinkle top with Parmesan and dot with the cream cheese.  Pour another thin layer of sauce on top.

3.  Cover with lid and cook on high for about 2 hours.  Stir and continue to cook for 30 more minutes.  Enjoy!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan January 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

If I doubled the recipe, how long would you suggest cooking it for?

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Dena April 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Do you have to ad the cream cheese? I made a pot of homemade gravy the other day and was planning to use that. Not really sure how the cream cheese will change the flavoring.

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myfindsonline April 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi Dena. No you don’t have to use the cream cheese. I’ve made pasta in the crockpot several times with just sauce and no cream cheese and it works just fine.

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