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Some nights, all you have the energy for is boiling aВ pot of water and tossing inВ a handful of pasta. We get it. After answering emails all day, commuting home from work, and sorting through your mail,В cooking an elaborate meal is the last thing we want to do on a busy weeknight. Enter crockpot recipes.В Requiring justВ 30 minutes of prep time (or less!),В these recipes are so easy you'll think you ordered in.
To ease into life post-emergency pasta, we sourced simple, Italian-inspired slow cooker recipes from some of our favorite foodies.В Yes, they require a bit more prep work than the aforementioned emergency pasta, but, trust us, they're worth the extra (minimal) effort. Simply set aside halfВ anВ hour in the morning and you'll be coming home to a delicious meal (not to mention, a delicious-smelling home) at the end of the day. Intrigued? Take it from someone who doesn't love to cook, these recipes are so simple even the most kitchen-averse can successfully whip them up.
Ahead are seven easy Italian crockpot recipes for anyone who ever said they can't cook, including a crazy-delicious spaghetti squash lasagna bolognese that's sure to becomeВ a go-to.
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Lasagna BologneseHalf Baked Harvest
The Recipe:В ThisВ crockpot spaghetti squash lasagna bolognese is a relatively healthy option, swapping traditional spaghetti noodles for spaghetti squash. The recipe makes enough for six servings.
The Prep Time: Set asideВ 15В minutes to prepare this dish. The leftovers can beВ refrigerated for up to three days (but we doubt they'll last that long).Cost Plus World Market Acacia Wood and Stainless Steel Tabletop Cheese Grater $15Shop
Crockpot Tuscan White Bean and Lemon Soup
The Recipe:В Brimming with flavor from pesto,В cannelloni beans, and parmesan, thisВ crockpot Tuscan white bean and lemon soupВ will transport your taste buds to Italy. Just stir in some kale before serving and dinner is on.
The Prep Time: This dish takes 10 minutes to prep and four hours to cook, making it aВ perfect meal to put on in the morning for a nourishing dinner.All-Clad Precision Stainless-Steel Ladle $36Shop
Crockpot Sundried Tomato Penne Alla VodkaHalf Baked Harvest
The Recipe: Made with San Marzano tomatoes, heavy cream, crushed red pepper flakes, and vodka, this creamy, boozyВ crockpot sun-dried tomato penne allaВ vodka is about to become a busy weeknight go-to.
The Prep Time: This dish takes just 15 minutes to prep. As recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest notes, it's "perfect for those nights when all you can muster up the energy to do is boil some pasta and call it a day."All-Clad 6 1/2-Quart Slow Cooker With Black Ceramic Insert $280 $140Shop
Crockpot Turkey Spinach Stuffed ShellsJoyful Healthy Eats
The Recipe: Loaded with spinach, marinara, Italian spices, and cheese, theseВ crockpot turkey spinach stuffed shells make for a crave-worthy dinner.
The Prep Time: Set aside 30 minutes to prep this recipe. You'll need to grab a skillet to cook up the onions and ground turkey before assembling the shells in your crockpot.Williams Sonoma Blunt End Wood Spoon 12" $13Shop
Slow Cooker Parmesan Herb Chicken and OrzoCreme de la Crumb
The Recipe: Hearty Italian herbs, buttery orzo, and melty parmesan cheese come together in this slow cooker parmesan herb chicken and orzo recipe.
The Prep Time: You only need 10 minutes to prep this recipe and four hours to cook it. Top with fresh herbs and freshly cracked black pepper before serving.H&M Speckled Stoneware Plate $9Shop
Slow Cooker Chicken CacciatoreCreme de la Crumb
The Recipe:В Between the kalamata olives, capers, and Italian herbs and spices, thisВ slow cooker chicken cacciatoreВ is filled with Italian-inspired flavors.
The Prep Time:В You can prep this dish in just 15 minutes beforeВ you "set it and forget it" for six hours.ВWilliams Sonoma Marble & Brass Salt & Pepper Shakers $20Shop
Slow Cooker LasagnaGimme Some Oven
The Recipe:В Rather than breaking out a baking dish, reach for your crockpot to make this slow cooker lasagna. Loaded with Italian sausage, leafy spinach, and melty cheese, it's a comfort food recipeВ to make on repeat.
The Prep Time:В You'll need 25 minutes to prep and four hours to cook this recipe. It's the ideal meal to make on a Sunday toВ feed you all week long.Williams Sonoma Giada De Laurentiis Wood Handled Stainless-Steel Spoon $25 $20Shop
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This story was originally published on November 14, 2018, and has since been updated.