Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Pasta Casserole

This is a “dump and dash” dinner…

just dump the ingredients in your slow cooker

and then dash away and do other things~

perfect for this busy time of year!

Pair it with a salad and you’ll have a red & green dinner!

Simple ingredients, chicken, sausage, marinara sauce,

Mozzarella and Parm, pasta and Italian seasoning

Spray or line your slow cooker for easy clean up

Put the chicken into the pot and sprinkle with Italian seasoning

Cover chicken with one jar of sauce and top with browned sausage

then cover sausage with the second jar of sauce

Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours

Near the end of cooking time, cook the pasta*

*I read a variety of recipes with different opinions on this step,

some add the pasta raw and let it cook along with everything else~

I was going to try that, but in the end decided to play it safe

I read alot of reviews that said the pasta wouldn’t cook correctly

Have you ever used raw pasta in a slow cooker?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Uncover and use 2 forks to shred the chicken~

you can do this right in the pot,

the chicken will probably already be partially shredded

Give everything a good stir

Add drained pasta

Stir to combine

Top with cheeses and stir them in

Replace cover and continue to cook on low for another 20-30 minutes

Dinner’s ready!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Pasta

Dump and dash and get out of the kitchen fast with this easy pasta dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
pasta 10 minutes
Course Main Course, slow cooker
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • 6 quart slow cooker


  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken tenders or 4 boneless breast cut into tenders
  • 2 24 oz. jars Marinara sauce
  • 12 oz. dry rigatoni, penne, or macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Brown sausage, crumble and drain on paper towels
  • Spray or line slow cooker and put chicken in the pot. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
  • Pour 1 jar of marinara sauce over chicken
  • Top sauce with sausage then pour the second jar over all
  • Cover pot and bake on low for 4 hours
  • Shred chicken in pot with 2 forks and stir
  • Cook pasta until just done, drain and add to crockpot at the 4 hour mark
  • Add cheeses and stir to combine
  • Replace cover and continue to bake for 20-30 minutes
  • Makes 6 large servings
Keyword chicken and sausage marinara, easy dinner, pasta casserole, slow cooker chicken Parmigiana, slow cooker dinner

Dump and Dash!

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13 Responses to “Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Pasta Casserole”
  1. lghiggins says:

    I think there are 2 ways for the pasta to turn out–underdone and overdone. You are better off cooking separately and adding it to the dish. I love the idea of chicken and sausage in the same dish.

  2. This looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!!

  3. Any pasta dish works for us. I like how quick and easy this recipe is. Thanks for sharing, Jenna!

  4. Champ and dash sounds wonderful, especially on those busy days. Sausage and chicken have great flavors. Anything with pasta we love.

  5. Mary says:

    Looks yummy and hearty Jenna! ♥

  6. Kitty says:

    Oh yum! Another easy meal! I’m kind of leery about cooking pasta in a slow cooker. I have done it in the oven in baked dishes and it turned out well, but the slow cooker may be undercooked or overcooked.

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