You may think of pasta as a cheat day only indulgence, but this comfort food can actually be a healthy meal any day of the week. With our six favorite slow cooker pasta recipes, not only is pasta back, but it’s easier than ever! Featuring classic dishes you know and love, this roundup is the best of pasta favorites old and new. From spaghetti and lasagna to mac and cheese and baked ziti, there’s no pasta craving a slow cooker can’t handle. Meanwhile, clean ingredients keep these favorite slow cooker pasta recipes light and healthy. So whip up a batch of your go-to pasta indulgence and enjoy guilt-free, cheat day or any day.
Every girl needs a go-to spaghetti recipe, and this skinny slow cooker version is just what you’re looking for. With just four ingredients, it’s a cinch to whip up. Meanwhile, whole-wheat pasta and lean ground turkey keep this recipe light and healthy. This dish is just as filling as the classic, but it won’t weigh you down with extra calories and carbs. Prep for an easy weeknight meal or make a big batch for Sunday night dinner. Your family will never know the difference!
Even if you didn’t give up pasta completely, you probably thought Alfredo was off-limits. But have no fear! White sauce lovers everywhere will be relieved to know there’s a skinny version available for purchase. This spinach dip tortellini indulges all your cheese cravings with a skinny twist, letting you enjoy your Alfredo in peace. Just as thick and creamy as the original, this simple dish also packs in plenty of veggies. Who says a fit girl can’t enjoy some cheese filled-pasta drenched in cheese sauce?
For the vegetarian pasta lover, this zucchini ziti combines all the indulgence of your cheesy pasta favorite with some healthy veggies. Made with whole-wheat ziti and no sugar added marinara, this dish keeps things light without sacrificing flavor. Meanwhile, mozzarella and fat-free cottage cheese give this dish the cheesy richness you crave.
If you needed further proof that you can make just about anything in a slow cooker, here’s a lasagna recipe. Another classic (and notoriously high calorie) dish, this slow cooker recipe is perfect for the health-conscious pasta lover. Just as rich and filling as you remember, this updated recipe keeps things light with ground turkey and low-fat cottage cheese. Whole-wheat pasta and no sugar-added marinara also make this a rich dish that will fill you up without weighing you down.
Hearty and filling, this homey classic is perfect for a busy weeknight. Simple, clean ingredients keep this meal light and easy to whip up. Along with making the cooking process a cinch, the slow cooker also helps this dish absorb all the savory flavors and seasoning. So if you’re looking for a quick and hearty meal you can feel good about, this slow cooker penne is a weeknight go-to.
If you thought you had to leave mac and cheese behind along with your childhood metabolism, think again. This slow cooker mac and cheese is a grown-up (and lightened-up) version of the childhood classic. Just as creamy and delicious as you remember, this recipe cuts fat and calories with some easy substitutions. This version uses egg whites and low-fat milk to achieve the creamy taste you remember without all the fat. Meanwhile, whole-wheat pasta comes to the rescue once again, while sharp cheddar cheese adds a tasty grown-up flavor. So instead of saving your childhood favorite for cheat day, go ahead and serve mac and cheese you can feel good about!
For even more slow cooker pasta recipes, check out our Top 15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes.