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Slow-Cooker Four-Cheese Spaghetti with Italian Sausage

Photo: Victor Protasio; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Total time 3 hrs, 25 mins
Yield

Serves 8-10

Switch up your go-to slow-cooker meals and go for a cheesy pasta dish that's loaded with hearty sausage. It's a great option for the entire family, and you can take the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (about 4 links), removed from casings
  • 1 (8-oz.) container refrigerated pre-chopped onion-and-bell pepper mix
  • 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (24-oz.) jar fire-roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce
  • 1 (16-oz.) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
  • 3 ounces parmesan cheese, shredded

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.

  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage, bell pepper mix, and garlic in oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain. Stir meat mixture, pasta sauce, and Cheddar cheese into pasta. Spoon half of pasta mixture into a lightly greased 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

  3. Combine mozzarella cheese and fontina cheese. Sprinkle half of mozzarella mixture over pasta mixture in slow cooker. Top with remaining pasta mixture, remaining mozzarella mixture, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook on Low 3 hours.