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.
Adapted from Picky Palate.