Have Dinner Ready in Minutes with this Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta

Who Can Say No to Pizza?

Pizza is one of those meals that just about anyone can agree on. Regardless of whether you prefer the standard pepperoni, or whether you like to get wild with pineapple, everyone likes pizza. Even the pickiest eaters will usually grab a bite or two.

For many who suffer from chronic illness dinner can be an issue. As the day goes on our energy fades. This makes crock pot meals a wonderful thing for us. It’s awesome to be able to throw dinner together in the morning or early afternoon while our energy is still good. This way things are ready to go for our families without having to struggle in the kitchen later when we may not be feeling quite up to it.

This slow cooker pizza pasta recipe has been a standard in my house for years. I’m sure that it will quickly become one for you as well. Not only is it incredibly easy to put together and forget about until dinner, but everyone in my house loves it! ( Even my 9-year-old who literally hates everything that isn’t cookies or corndogs)

I have made a few changes over the years to make it healthier and a little less fattening. I always use high fiber pasta, part-skim cheese, and turkey pepperoni. However, there are always more adjustments that can be made to make it even better!

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Calories per serving: 358.2

Fat per serving: 11.8

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta

This recipe takes all of the awesome flavors of pizza and puts them into a quick set and forget slow cooker pasta.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese (I use shredded but any will do)
  • 3 oz pepperoni ( I use turkey. It really tastes the same. You should try it if you haven't!)
  • 1 C fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 oz Italian sausage (I use mild but use whatever your family prefers)
  • 16 oz pasta, penne preferred ( I use high fiber, but use whatever your family prefers)
  • 10 oz pizza sauce (brand of your choice or homemade)
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Boil water to cook pasta al dente, or to package directions. Slice your mushrooms while the pasta is cooking.
  2. Brown the Italian sausage and drain.
  3. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. (You can wipe it with oil if you don't use sprays. It's all same same as my son says lol)
  4. Layer the ingredients beginning with the Italian sausage, then tomatoes, black olives, and garlic
  5. Add pasta, mushrooms, cheese, and pepperoni.
  6. Cook on low 3-4 hours.

Notes:

The calories and fat on this recipe vary greatly based on the ingredients used and can easily be altered. If you are counting calories please be sure to double check with your own ingredients as well.

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A Note on Pastas

Any pasta that you have on hand will work here. I don’t think that I would use a spaghetti or linguini with this personally, but you could in a pinch. I have found, however, that pastas like penne and rigatoni seem to work better with the thinner pizza sauce because the grooves in it tend to hold the sauce on better.



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Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta Recipe

 



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