Although fall brings delightful and cozy memories of holidays past, excitement for the holidays to come, and vivid colors of amber, fiery red, and canary yellow leaves, it can also catapult families into some of the most hectic days of the year. School is back in full swing, and, most likely, your weekly schedule is packed with soccer games, seasonal festivals, and whatever else it is that pulls your attention away from the normal routine. These are the days in which owning a crockpot becomes an absolute game changer.
As promised, these easy crockpot recipes can be whipped together within just a matter of minutes and are ready to go right when it’s time to settle the chaos for a few moments and enjoy a hearty and savory recipe the family will love.
Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta
This creamy comfort food recipe can be easily customized, as you can use any pasta you want! Quick tip: Add the cooked pasta after the crockpot has already done its magic, so it doesn’t turn gummy in the process.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 25lbs of chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jar of Organicville Marinara Pasta Sauce
- 12 oz cream cheese
- 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lb of your pasta of choice
- Add onion, garlic, chicken breasts, marinara sauce, and your seasonings (including the bay leaf!) into a cold crockpot. To keep the chicken from sticking to the bottom, be sure to spread a layer of marinara down before adding the chicken!
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, checking the chicken around 2.5 hours for doneness.
- When the chicken has been thoroughly cooked, remove, shred, and pop it back into the crockpot, making sure to add the cream cheese so it melts into the sauce completely without curdling.
- Continue cooking for the remainder of time, checking back once or twice to stir the cream cheese into the sauce.
- Toss with freshly cooked pasta and serve!
Crockpot Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
This simple crockpot chicken recipe can be prepped in a matter of minutes! Deliciously creamy and bold, you’ll be amazed it takes only a handful of ingredients.
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
- 3/4 cup Organicville Marinara Pasta Sauce
- 3/4 cup of either evaporated milk or heavy cream (whichever you prefer will taste great!)
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
- Place the diced tomatoes and marinara pasta sauce in a cold crockpot.
- Whisk together your cream of choice and cornstarch, add to the slow cooker, then stir in garlic, salt, basil and pepper.
- Add the chicken breasts and be sure to press them down into the sauce.
- Cook on low for 3-5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and the chicken has been cooked through. A larger crockpot may get the job done faster, so depending on what you use, you’ll want to check on the chicken at around 3 hours as the exact cook time will depend on the crockpot size.
- Stir in some fresh basil, and serve over pasta of choice or rice, or as a main dish with some salad or veggies on the side.
Crockpot Italian Sausage & Peppers
If you’re looking for an easy yet versatile crockpot recipe that can be served as-is, over pasta, or turned into a hearty hoagie sandwich, this savory Italian sausage and peppers recipe is it! The prep time is minimal and can be started in the morning or prepped early afternoon to be ready by dinner time, depending on your schedule.
- About 8-10 Italian sausage links (or around 2lbs)
- 1 green pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 red pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 large onion, sliced thinly
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cups Organicville Marinara Pasta Sauce
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Optional: 1/4 tsp red chili flakes for some heat!
- Add the sausages, peppers, onion, garlic, all desired seasonings, and marinara pasta sauce in the crockpot and mix until all ingredients are combined.
- If time is of the essence, cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours, or you can alternatively cook on low heat for 6-8 hours for the same results.
- Remove sausages, cut into thick slices, and mix back in the crockpot.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.