Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta
I had yet to try a pasta dish in the slow cooker so I found this recipe from Damn Delicious and went to town! Here you make your own pasta sauce...this was also new. This was also a lot harder than I anticipated. Biggest lesson learned: Don't be afraid of adding salt when making red pasta sauce! It saved my sauce from going straight down the sink. Otherwise the recipe is straightforward and tastes great once done.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- (Optional) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Start off by seasoning chicken with salt and pepper. Then place them into the slow cooker.
Dice your onion.
Time to make the pasta sauce. In a large mixing bowl combine the crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, oregano, parley and red pepper flakes. Damn Delicious' recipe doesn't include this but I'd add a teaspoon of salt as well. Mix thoroughly.
Add the sauce to the slow cooker and toss the chicken to get some of the sauce underneath. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
It starts to look a lot more like tomato sauce after the 4 hours. Give it a taste and add more salt if needed. If it's too acidic you can always add 1 tsp of baking soda to take the edge off.
Remove the chicken and shred it apart. Add the chicken back into the sauce.
Cook pasta according to the package, and be sure to salt the water as you add the noodles!
Stir the noodles into the slow cooker. We're almost done!
Top the pasta with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and then cook on low heat until the cheeses have melted (10-20 mins).
Once the cheese has melted you can add the optional parsley. I'm not a huge fan so I left it out...although it would have added a nice green element to the dish.
Otherwise, you're all set and dinner is ready! :)