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It’s true that traditional Italian grandmothers back in the day didn’t own slow-cookers. But, it’s also true that modern American Italian classics work remarkably well in everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance. In fact, slow-cooker Italian recipes are some of the best slow-cooker recipes around. Think about it: Instead of stewing tomato sauce on the stovetop for hours, you can do it in a slow-cooker. Instead of braising beef for ragu or sandwiches, you can do it in the slow-cooker. Instead of cranking up your oven for a dish of baked, pasta, you can do it in the slow-cooker!
Another great thing about the recipes below is that they make several servings, and keep well in either the fridge or the freezer. Translation: They’re perfect for meal prep. Just cool leftovers and store in the fridge for up to four days, or in the freezer for several months.
So, whether you feel like meatballs or chicken Parmesan, lasagna or spaghetti, there’s something here for you in this list of Italian slow-cooker recipes. Pick one to make tomorrow, then enjoy leftovers for days to come. Or, invite your friends over and impress them with all the work your slow-cooker did for you.
1. Chicken Parmesan
Save yourself a whole lot of crumby mess by making chicken parm in the slow-cooker next time.
2. Italian Sausage Meatballs
These meatballs get their zing from a combination of seasoned sausage meat and plain ground beef.
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs
If you really want to make things easy, you can cook your spaghetti and meatballs together!
4. Cheesy Tortellini
Think of this cheesy tortellini as a shortcut lasagna.
5. Chicken Marsala Soup
Next time you’re feeling under the weather, cook up some chicken marsala soup.
6. Italian Beef
This shredded beef is great over pasta or rice, or stuffed into a sandwich.
7. Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Forget boring chicken breasts, this creamy, cheesy chicken will never disappoint.
What, you’ve never tried lasagna in the crockpot? Now you will.
9. Eggplant Lasagna
If you’re in the mood for something a little more vegetable-heavy, try this eggplant lasagna instead of the classic version.
10. Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp cooks quickly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fit for the slow-cooker.
11. Chicken Cacciatore
Flavor-packed chicken cacciatore also happens to be packed with protein and vegetables. So, double win.
12. Beef Ragu
Forget beef stew. The next time you’re craving something braised and hearty, try this beef ragu.
13. Gnocchi Minestrone
Minestrone soup is tasty on its own, but add pillowy gnocchi to the mix and you’ve got yourself a new dinner classic.
14. Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
Treat yourself to a bowl of tomato broth, noodles, vegetables, and cheese by making this easy, vegetarian lasagna soup.
15. Eggplant Pasta
Meat lovers, rejoice: There’s still plenty of ground meat in this eggplant pasta.
16. Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e fagioli, which translates to “pasta and beans,” is packed with nutrients, and the perfect vehicle for some good quality Parmesan.
17. Italian Sausage and Peppers
In a roll or over noodles, it’s tough to beat Italian sausage and peppers, a red sauce classic.