Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Cheese Pasta

Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Cheese Pasta

The easiest, creamiest, beef and cheese pasta ever. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the slow cooker!

 

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

 

This is a recipe I make all the time in a pot on the stove-top or in a slow cooker. The pasta goes in uncooked and any type can be used. I like to add heavy cream towards the end of baking for a creamier pasta but that is totally optional. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

 

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

 

INGREDIENTS:



1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
½ cup diced onions
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked pasta (any kind)
24 oz jar marinara sauce (about 3 cups)
1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
1 teaspoon dried italian herb seasoning
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups water
½ cup heavy cream (optional)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

 

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:


  • Step 1

Heat a medium pan to medium/high heat. Cook ground beef until it browns (5 minutes), drain and remove from the pan and pour into slow cooker.

 

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

 

  • Step 2

Wipe the pan with a paper towel and add 1 tablespoon oil to the same pan, cook the onions for 2-3 minute, until soft. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 20 seconds. Turn off heat and pour onions and garlic into slow cooker.

 

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

 

  • Step 3

Add the uncooked pasta, jar of marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, water, and salt. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 hours. Depending on your slow cooker the cooking time may vary.

  • Step 4

When the pasta is almost fully cooked (al dente) add the heavy cream, half the mozzarella cheese, the parmesan and gently stir. Top with the remaining ½ mozzarella cheese and cook for another hour or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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