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10 Classic Italian Recipes Made Easy in the Slow Cooker

Let these slow cooker recipes save the day on busy weeknights. While you're out getting it done, these simple, top-rated Italian recipes are home and hard at work, simmering in the slow cooker. They'll be ready when you are.

1. Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Brown ground beef and Italian sausage and simmer with tomatoes and Italian seasonings. "This creates a great, chunky, and very meaty spaghetti sauce," says Ashley. "The longer it cooks, the better it tastes!"

Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Photo by CookinBug

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This flavorful, Italian-inspired dinner calls for just a few common ingredients and requires almost no effort. "Easy slow cooker chicken cacciatore," says Rosie. "Serve over angel hair pasta. Avanti!"

3. Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

This creamy soup is loaded with sausage, potatoes, and kale. "A slow cooker version of a famous restaurant soup," says Heather Stalzer. "Easy taste of Italy brought home."

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Photo by Heather Stalzer

4. Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

Here's a quick and ingenious take on lasagna. "A fantastic way to enjoy lasagna without all the fuss," says RandyOSU. "I thought using frozen ravioli already filled with cheese instead of layering layers of noodles and cheese would make a great dish so easy. It all comes together; just scoop it out, serve with a salad, and enjoy."

Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

Photo by lutzflcat

5. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone

This soup is loaded with vegetables and macaroni. "Slow cooking this family favorite soup allows all the flavors and spices to intensify and delivers a delicious, hearty meal every one is sure to enjoy," says laura. "Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for dipping."

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone

Photo by Johnny B

6. Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

"A wonderful Italian neighbor showed me how to make this recipe," says Sneakyteaky. "It's prepared 'hunter-style,' with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, various herbs, and sometimes wine. I found adding cheese gave it something special, it also made it mine."

Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

Photo by CookinBug

7. Bob's Slow Cooker Braciole

The slow cooker is the perfect tool for slowly braising this traditional Italian rolled flank steak. And jarred marinara sauce makes it a quick fix too."This is a cheap and easy way to make this Italian classic," says bobthecook1.

Bob's Slow Cooker Braciole


8. Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Prepped in the morning, they simmer all day in the Crockpot. When you come home in the evening, simply cook some pasta. An amazing spaghetti and meatballs dinner is just moments away.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Photo by Christina

9. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Alfredo

"A family favorite," says TLSmith. "You can even make it using low-sodium/fat-free/reduced-fat ingredients and it still has a wonderful flavor!"

10. Slow Cooker Osso Buco

"A beautiful, tender and mouth-watering meat casserole, so full of flavor," says janzjewelz. "It forms a juicy and delightfully tasty gravy with carrots, celery and onion. Delicious served with boiled rice or couscous."

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