Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta is a fast and easy one pot (crock pot) meal your family will love! This easy slow cooker pasta dish is made with 4 ingredients: pasta, Alfredo sauce, Marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese! It is the perfect meal for busy nights and is ready in a few hours in your slow cooker!
I love pasta and always have a hard time deciding what sauce to order on my pasta! I will sometimes choose half marinara and half Alfredo and when the two sauces combine it is heavenly! This recipe combines my 2 favorite sauces so there is no decision making!
I love Two-Sauce pasta. It is a Marinara Sauce and Alfredo Sauce combined. It is called many things, creamy Marinara, Tomato-Alfredo and many others. I love the mix of Alfredo sauce and Marinara. You get the creamy Parmesan-garlic flavor of the Alfredo Sauce and the tomato based flavor of the Marinara.
I have a Two-Sauce Pasta Baked Pasta that is amazing. I use a Homemade Marinara and a Homemade Alfredo Sauce in that recipe and it is amazing! But I was wanting a super simple easy two-sauce pasta that takes zero effort! No homemade sauce, no cooking pasta then letting it bake – I want a fast and easy meal! So I decided to make it into an easier pasta dish in the slow cooker!
The Pasta Sauce
There is zero effort in this recipe! I wanted a fast and easy recipe for busy weeknights and weekends when I am busy with school, homework and sports. This recipe has 4 ingredients and they are super simple.
For this recipe there is no homemade anything! It is all store bought, and you know what- I LOVE IT! It is still super yummy!
I use 2 bottles of Marinara Sauce and 2 bottles of Alfredo Sauce. Below are the ones I love, but any kind is great! Use what your family likes!
The Pasta for Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta
The great thing about this recipe is there is no cooking the pasta ahead of time! It cooks in your slow cooker!
In my opinion, the perfect pasta is a bite-sized pasta that is easy to eat and stab with a fork. Yes, I love spaghetti, linguine and fettucine, but I much prefer a smaller pasta that has more surface space so I get more sauce in every bite!
I use Penne Pasta for this recipe. The pasta clings to it, and it is easier to eat. You get the perfect pasta to sauce ratio in every bite!
Some other bite sized pasta that I like to use are: bowtie pasta, rotini pasta, rigatoni or even a tortellini.
Other Ingredients for Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta
Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta is made with 4 ingredients! The Alfredo Sauce, Marinara Sauce, the pasta and mozzerella cheese.
Mozzarella cheese is the only other ingredient you need for this pasta, and this totally optional. I love adding cheese to my pasta, and to the top for the last 30 minutes of cooking, but it is up to you!
Veggies: You can add any fresh veggie the last hour of cooking. Mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, or any other veggies your heart desires would be delicious!
Meat: Meat is delicious in this recipe but I am all about keeping this simple, so I rarely add any. Cooked ground beef or cooked ground sausage is yummy as well chicken. Cook it ahead of time before adding it. You can also cook it and add it at the end, or let people add it to their own serving.
Making Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta
I said this was an easy recipe and it really is! Zero effort, no fuss dinner will be on your table just a few hours.
To make this pasta, just dump your pasta sauces in to you slow cooker and stir them together.
Next, add your mozzarella cheese and stir it in the sauce. (The cheese is optional.)
Last, add your UNCOOKED PASTA to the slow cooker and give it a stir.
Cooking Times for Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta
I cook my Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta on low for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You can also cook it on high in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Every slow cooker cooks different so the first time you make it watch the pasta to make sure it is no over cooked or it will be mushy!
Every now and then I will stir my pasta so the sides don’t burn and so the pasta on the outside doesn’t burn and stick to the slow cooker! This is optional, I just know if I don’t stir mine occasionally (make sure to scrape along the sides of the slow cooker when stirring) my pasta sticks to the side.
Start checking your pasta about 30 minutes before you think it will be done. If cooking on low, check it after it has cooked 2 hours. If cooking on high, check it after an hour.
The last 30 minutes of cooking add some additional mozzarella cheese to the top of the pasta (this is optional).
This easy slow cooker pasta will be done in a few hours and you will have a delicious dinner that was super easy!
What To Serve With This Pasta
I love any type of bread with my pasta. This is always a fast go-to meal for me, so I serve absolutely nothing with this meal! But if you are wanting some type of bread you can try making my Easy Garlic Knots, Easy Homemade Breadsticks, or my Easy Homemade French Bread with my yummy Garlic-Basil Parmesan Butter Spread.
For some other yummy pasta dishes try my: Slow Cooker Lasagna, Two-Sauce Baked Pasta (similar to this slow cooker version but made with homemade sauces), my Easy and Yummy Alfredo Sauce, my Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, my Slow Cooker Penne Pasta, or my Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake or my Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake.
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Slow Cooker Two-Sauce Pasta
- 2 jars (15 oz. each) Alfredo Sauce *I prefer Bertolli – not getting paid to say that
- 2 jars (24 oz. each) Marinara Sauce *I LOVE Kroger's Marinara Sauce – not getting paid to say that
- 1 lb. (1 box) Penne Pasta, or pasta of your choice *DO NOT COOK THE PASTA
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
- Pour your 2 jars of Alfredo Sauce and 2 jars of Marinara Sauce into your slow cooker. Stir the sauces together.
- Add in half of your grated/shredded Mozzarella Cheese (1 cup). Stir the cheese into the sauce.
- Add your UNCOOKED PASTA into the sauce. Stir it together.
- Cook your pasta on low for about 2-3 hours. Check it at the 2 hour mark. Mine usually is perfectly done in 2 1/2 hours.You can also cook it on high for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, check it at the hour mark.
- Every now and then I will stir my pasta so the sides don't burn and so the pasta on the outside doesn't burn and stick to the slow cooker! This is optional, I just know if I don't stir mine occasionally (make sure to scrape along the sides of the slow cooker when stirring) my pasta sticks to the side.
- The last 5-10 minutes of cooking time, add the remaining Mozzarella Cheese. Let it melt on the pasta.
- When the pasta is done to your liking, serve and enjoy!