Slow Cooker Pasta Recipes

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Slow Cooker Recipes

Guide to Slow Cooking Pastas & Grains

All kinds of pastas, grains, and beans can be incorporated into slow cooked dishes. From casseroles to soups to chili, these ingredients can make all the difference when it comes to completing your meal. However, some varieties of pastas, grains, and beans do not work well in the slow cooker due to the method in which it heats. Therefore, it is important to know how and when to add these ingredients to your dishes.

Rice in the Slow Cooker

Rice is a popular component in recipes around the world. In fact, it may be the world’s most widely eaten food. However, traditional long-grain rice is not a good choice for the slow cooker. It simply does not heat properly or absorb liquid appropriately when cooked in this manner. Instead, opt for quick-cooking rice found in many supermarkets. These processed varieties respond well to slow cooking. They will steam while cooking and are unlikely to be overcooked during the long heating period. If preparing rice by itself, a delicious side dish can be made in the slow cooker in roughly an hour. That is how long most quick-cooking rice takes to cook in a slow cooker.

Rice in the Slow Cooker

Risotto works a Treat!

Risotto, an Italian grain that resembles rice, can also be prepared in the slow cooker. Normally, risotto requires constant attention and addition of more liquid. However, this process is greatly simplified by the slow heating and high moisture retention of the slow cooker. Still, like rice, quick-cooking risotto varieties will work best with your slow cooker. These should take roughly an hour and a half to prepare through slow cooking and will leave you with creamy, delicious results.

Other Grains in a Slow Cooker

When cooking other varieties of grains in the slow cooker. It is important to accurately assess cooking time. Not all grains cook the same. Quinoa and millet will take the least amount of time to prepare. At the other hand of the spectrum, barley and rye can take a comparably long time to heat. However, there are ways to shorten the cooking time of any type of grain. For one, you can soak grains in water prior to heating. You can also quickly fry grains in oil prior to adding them to the slow cooker. In general, though, all grains should take between forty minutes and two hours to cook. Thus, they are still a quicker slow cooker option than meats.

Slow Cooking Pasta

Pasta is in a separate category than grains when it comes to preparing them in the slow cooker. However, not all types of pasta will fare well with this cooking method. Pasta cannot be left to simmer for several hours, even on the warm setting, as this will leave it soft and soggy. Additionally, wheat pastas tend to respond better to slow cooking than those that are egg based. These latter noodles are more prone to losing their shape during cooking.

While not all pastas are suited for slow cooking, those that are can be used to create delicious meals. When adding noodles to sauce based dishes, wait until the sauce is nearly boiling and then cook your pasta on high heat for thirty to forty-five minutes. You can also make lasagna in your slow cooker. Just get some pre-cooked sheets and your dish should be ready in roughly 2 hours. This is also the length of time it takes for other pasta and cheese dishes, like stuffed shells or cannelloni. If you are using whole-wheat pasta, you may need to add up to ten minutes to your cooking time as these varieties tend to be drier.

Slow Cooker Tips - Near the end

  • Stir in spices for the last hour of cooking. They will lose flavour if cooked with the rest of the ingredients for the long cooking period.
  • Add tender vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms and courgette during the last 45 minutes of cooking time so they don't overcook.
  • You can thicken the juices and concentrate flavours by removing the lid and cooking on HIGH for the last half hour of cooking time.

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