10 Italian Recipes to Make in Your Slow Cooker

updated Aug 12, 2019
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The best part about Italian food — aside from how crowd-pleasing it is — is how easy it is to prepare. So it’s no wonder it’s a great candidate for the slow cooker. While a slow cooker is hardly traditional, the relaxed, set-it-and-forget-it nature of the appliance lends itself well to so many Italian favorites. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.

1. Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

This is the ultimate lazy take on lasagna, thanks to layer upon layer of cheese ravioli, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

2. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Broccoli Bowls

Brown rice not only holds up better in the slow cooker, but it also makes for even more wholesome Italian-inspired grain bowls.

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3. Slow Cooker Minestrone

Homemade croutons add crunch and texture to this classic minestrone, but if you’d prefer more traditional pasta, just cook the pasta separately and stir it in before serving.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Minestrone

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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Combining equal parts flour and softened butter and stirring the mixture into the lemony sauce at the very end of cooking thickens it and makes it extra velvety.

5. How To Make Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

This recipe for meatballs includes a simple homemade marinara sauce, but if you’d really like to streamline things, reach for your favorite jarred sauce.

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6. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

While technically not baked, this four-ingredient ziti is just as cheesy and satisfying and sure to be as well-loved as the oven casserole.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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7. Slow Cooker Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

A jar of Alfredo sauce plays a starring role in this easy dinner, so be sure to use one you love the taste of — we like Rao’s or Bertolli.

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8. Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

This recipe makes quite a large batch of soup, which is hardly a problem because it freezes incredibly well. Your future self will thank you.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

While serving chicken Marsala over pasta is a smart move, a bed of mashed potatoes or creamy cauliflower is equally a good idea.

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10. Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and Onions

A generous splash of beer gives these sausages, peppers, and onions great flavor, but if you’d like to lean more Italian, try swapping it in for dry white wine.