Last week I tried a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese in the slow cooker. It was very easy to put together. All the ingredients were simply placed in the slow cooker, including uncooked pasta. This got me to thinking about the alfredo my kids love. If mac and cheese can be made in the slow cooker with uncooked pasta, maybe pasta alfredo could be as well. I often use penne or spiral pasta with alfredo sauce anyway; it is easier for the kids to eat. I tried making it today using extra cream cheese and extra milk. The pasta was cooked all the way, but the sauce was VERY thick (there was almost no sauce left at all). If I make it this way again, I will try adding more liquid so the pasta does not absorb all the sauce. It still tasted great so the recipe just needs to be tweaked a little. I will update the post the when I have adjusted the recipe to our satisfaction.
Pasta Alfredo in the Crock Pot
2/3 cup margarine or butter
2 pkg cream cheese
2 tsp garlic powder
4 cups milk
6 oz grated parmesan cheese
dash of pepper
I heated the margarine and cream cheese in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. I stirred with a whisk until it was smooth. Heat it a little longer in the microwave if necessary.
I added the garlic powder and milk. Again stirring until there were no lumps.
Next, I added the parmesan cheese and dash of pepper.
Last I added the pasta and sauce to the slow cooker. I cooked it for 4 hours on low.