3.8 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Pasta Primavera Recipe

This slow cooker pasta primavera, is an easy, healthy and delicious dish we really loved and plan to make again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 385
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked fusilli pasta (I used a combination of penne and fusilli)
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic from the jar or 1 clove, minced
  • 1 can (12 ounces) reduced fat evaporated milk (2%)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (I used an Italian cheese blend mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, cut into little bits

Instructions

  • Ideal slow cooker size: 2- to 3-Quart. (I used the 2-Quart crock from my 3-in-1 crockpot because I thought a 4-Quart would be too big. I think a 3-Quart would be about perfect.)
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions for about half the suggested cooking time and drain.
  • Meanwhile, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, red pepper and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, combine the evaporated milk, milk, cornstarch, salt and cheese.
  • Transfer the pasta to the slow cooker, stir in the milk mixture and dollop with the bits of butter.
  • Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, until the pasta and vegetables are tender.

Recipe Notes

Ideas for making this pasta primavera even lighter and healthier:
  • Use whole wheat pasta, instead of regular, to increase the fiber.
  • Substitute fat-free evaporated milk for the 2% which will decrease fat and calories, but may make the dish less creamy.
  • Use less cheese. Try decreasing the amount of cheese to 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup.
  • Eat less. Decrease your portion to 1 cup for *6 SmartPoints. Bulk up your meal with a nice big green salad, which is what I almost always do when I eat pasta.
Serving size: 1-1/2 cups
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *9
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *9
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *8
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pasta Primavera Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/2 cups)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy vegetable pasta dish, crock pot veggie pasta