{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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Here's just about the easier slow cooker recipe I've ever made. (Well, I don't know . . . this one and this one are pretty easy too ~ maybe all things in the slow cooker = easy?)


As you can tell though, we've been keeping things pretty simple around here lately, and this was a great way to use up a few ingredients from the pantry. You could also add pepperoni, black olives, or any other toppings on top of the other ingredients, but this one worked well for us since I didn't happen to have those on hand. I even used frozen Boca Veggie crumbles that were free forever ago (and happen to be on sale this week as well), so I was thrilled to get one more item out of the freezer! Here's how to easily get dinner on the table at your house too . . .



{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni


  • 28 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms, black olives, or onion (optional)


  1. Layer half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Then add half the pasta, half the ground beef, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms or black olives (optional.)
  4. Add another layer of all the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

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Curious how to cook ground beef in the slow cooker so you can just make up a big batch for recipes like this? Here you go (just leave out the taco seasonings.)


This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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  1. Thanks for a fantastic easy pot luck meal that everyone loves! I doubled the recipe and added everything except the onions. My 7 quart slow cooker was completely full. Took it to my guild pot luck and class function Saturday and Sunday. Received rave reviews from all. Best of all I brought home an empty slow cooker. Thanks Laurie for an easy, delicious recipe.

    • So glad it worked for you Margie – it’s definitely one of our favorites! Amazing how much easier cooking in the crockpot can be too. 🙂

  2. Nick Roberts says

    I love making rigatoni & Italian sausage,
    but the recipe I use is so involved and kinda expensive. This recipe is a wonderful alternative ! VERY GOOD !

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