Your favorite family dinner just got even easier with this Gluten Free Slow Cooker Spaghetti! Tender gluten free noodles are combined with a spaghetti sauce that’s loaded with hidden veggies in the slow cooker for a healthy weeknight meal that’s guaranteed to please.
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Gluten Free Spaghetti Vs. Regular Spaghetti
If you’ve never had them, you’re probably wondering what gluten free spaghetti noodles are and what makes them different from regular spaghetti noodles. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the details!
Gluten free spaghetti can be found in many forms. However, our favorite options are from DeLallo. For this recipe, we used these gluten free spaghetti noodles. Unlike traditional pasta, they’re made with a combination of 70% corn flour and 30% rice flour. However, they also have brown rice gluten free spaghetti that is made with 100% brown rice flour and works just as well!
No matter which option you go with, all of DeLallo’s gluten free pastas are created in Italy and produced in a certified gluten free facility so you can rest assured that there is no cross contamination. Unlike other gluten free pastas that can become mushy as they cook, DeLallo’s spaghetti tastes just like the real deal and always cooks perfectly al dente!
The Best Ingredients for a Superior Taste
For a basic slow cooker or crock pot spaghetti recipe, we kept the ingredient list short and sweet with fresh, nourishing ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Olive Oil – Used to sauté the veggies, olive oil adds a boost of healthy fats!
- Onion and Garlic – When combined onion and garlic create a caramel-like umami flavor that enhances the spaghetti sauce even further. For the best results, use fresh minced garlic.
- Veggies – Sneaking a few veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, and bell pepper into the pasta sauce is an easy way to boost the nutrients and provide a good source of plant-based protein. The best part is the kids won’t even notice!
- Herbs and Seasonings – Salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil or parsley add depth to the dish along with just a hint of spice.
- Delallo Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauce and Tomato Puree – Our go-to staple for all things pasta, the tomato basil sauce is made with natural ingredients and no sugar for the freshest flavor and a more authentic Italian taste. Using it in combination with the tomato puree makes for a lighter flavor that compliments the al dente pasta.
- Water and Broth – Essential to cooking noodles, water works well. However, we’ve found that broth creates a richer sauce. This is because the noodles absorb it as they cook, simultaneously leaching out starch which thickens the sauce, helping it cling to the spaghetti.
- Grated Parmesan Cheese or Nutritional Yeast – You can’t have slow cooker spaghetti without a bit of cheese! Or, for a vegan option, swap it out for nutritional yeast.
How to Make Slow Cooker Spaghetti
Once you make this gluten free slow cooker spaghetti, you’ll never go back! It’s so much easier than making everything separately. Take a look at an overview of how we do it below and don’t forget to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the full details!
- Sauté the onion and garlic in a skillet followed by the mushrooms, salt, and other veggies (if using). Add the spaghetti sauce and water or broth to the slow cooker. Layer the gluten free spaghetti noodles on top, making sure they don’t settle in an even layer. (See pictures below.)
- Add the cooked veggies, cheese, and tomato purée. Cover and cook on high for up to 1 ½ hours or low for up to 3 hours, depending on your slow cooker and any extra ingredients added. Serve warm topped with extra Parmesan, if desired!
Cooking Note: Cooking times will vary depending on the type of pasta used. For instance, the gluten free spaghetti made out of corn and rice flours cooks a tad faster than the brown rice flour spaghetti noodles. So, be sure to keep an eye on it!
Feel free to add ground turkey or beef to your slow cooker spaghetti! To do so, brown it in a skillet over medium heat and drain off the excess fat before adding the onion and garlic. Then, follow the recipe as usual.
Or, if you’re looking for a unique slow cooker pasta recipe, swap out the tomato sauce for our anti-inflammatory roasted red pepper sauce! It’s dairy free friendly and gluten free for a simple sauce that adds tons of flavor and just a hint of extra spice.
Common Questions About Gluten Free Spaghetti
Once cooked, slow cooker spaghetti will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Yes, when kept in an airtight container gluten free spaghetti can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Yes! Any other noodle shape can be cooked in the slow cooker. However, we don’t recommend using chickpea pasta as it tends to become mushy.
The great thing about spaghetti is that it can be served as a complete meal on its own. However, it also pairs well with all your favorite sides such as Caesar Style Tomato Salad, asparagus, or homemade bread!
The only way your spaghetti will become mushy is if it’s overcooked! Depending on the ingredients used, different kinds of pasta will cook at different speeds. Make sure you’re comfortable with your slow cooker and see the recipe card below for our specific notes.
More Quick & Easy Gluten Free Pasta Recipes
Looking for more family-friendly meals? Try out some more of our favorite gluten free pasta recipes!
- This Gluten Free Gnocchi Pesto Pasta Salad takes traditional pasta salad up a notch with gluten free gnocchi and blistered veggies perfect for weeknight dinners, picnics, and more.
- Made with gluten free noodles and loaded with veggies, this Gluten Free Lasagna Noodle Soup is a great kid-friendly the whole family will love.
- Put a healthier spin on pasta night by combining zucchini noodles with gluten free spaghetti, marinated chicken, and veggies with these Gluten Free Noodles and Zoodles!
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