Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta
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Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe is like my gift to you… so simple to make, yet sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces at dinner 🙂

An easy, cheesy pasta dish with only 7 ingredients, mostly cooked in the slow cooker is what I am sharing with you today!

Our weekdays are crazy enough, so making a slow cooker recipe at least frees up some time in the evenings.

I started this in the morning before heading to school and it literally took just a few minutes to throw together.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta

Into the slow cooker goes 2 pounds of chicken breasts, kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Then spoon a container of pesto over top.

chicken with pesto in slow cooker before cooking

Or you could make Homemade Basil Pesto and freeze it.

Homemade Basil Pesto

Next add a diced onion and minced garlic.

And a jar of alfredo sauce as well covers everything.

jar of alfredo sauce

Turn the slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours.

alfredo sauce covering chicken in slow cooker before cooking

And this is the yumminess that you will come home to 🙂

chicken and alfredo in the slow cooker before shredding

Shred the chicken with two forks right in the slow cooker.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll sample some of the chicken during the shredding process.

You know, for quality control purposes of course 😉

shredded chicken in slow cooker

Boil a pound of penne pasta according to the package directions, drain it really well, and add the cooked pasta to the slow cooker.

Then goes in LOTS of shredded mozzarella cheese.

adding cheese

Stir it all together and you have yourself one heck of a comfort food meal!

Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta is sure to be a new family favorite!

Super kid friendly, big on flavor, and a mom win because of how simple and easy it is to make 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta

Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta has just a few simple ingredients slow cooked all day and tossed with pasta and lots of cheese!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crock Pot, Easy Meals, Kid Friendly Meals, Pasta, Pesto, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8
Calories 630 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • kosher salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes
  • 7 oz container pesto
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 oz jar alfredo sauce
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Spoon the pesto evenly over the chicken. Add the diced onions and garlic and pour the alfredo sauce over top.

  2. Turn the slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours.

  3. Shred the chicken with two forks right in the slow cooker.

  4. Cook the pasta according to package directions in salted water, drain well, and add the pasta and cheese to the slow cooker. Stir until evenly mixed and melted.

  5. Garnish with more cheese and Italian seasoning if desired.

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