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Try these 5 favorite Italian recipes in your slow cooker

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When we think of hearty, flavorful and unbelievably delicious, Italian food seems to tick just about every box. A brilliant Italian feast has the ability to offer both comfort and delight for your family meal.  Full of tender pasta, intense sauces, meaty soups and almost too much cheese to handle; these 5 amazing Italian recipes for your slow cooker will leave you begging for more!
1. PASTA FAGIOLI
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We love a great Italian soup that is hearty enough to be eaten as its own meal (or with the simple addition of crusty garlic bread!). This stunning recipe for Pasta Fagioli from Maebell’s is one of the most wholesome soups that we’ve come across. With beans, tomatoes, beef and pasta—this is a recipe not to be missed!
Annie adds, “This soup is cram packed with with ground beef, vegetables, beans, tomatoes, and pasta. This dish is comfort food at its finest!  My secret ingredient is Bertolli Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta sauce because it adds a fantastic Tuscan inspired flavor that makes this dish irresistible.”
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2. ITALIAN BEEF
This recipe for Italian Beef from A Spicy Perspective is really as simple as it gets. Beef chuck roast is left to stew in the slow cooker with simple pantry items and pepperoncini (sweet or spicy pickled green peppers) to create the perfect pulled beef for dinner.
Sommer says of her favorite recipe, “The tangy herbaceous pulled beef makes fabulous sandwiches piled high on toasty rolls, and is wonderful over polenta, rice or pasta. Plus the leftovers are fabulous for days, and it freezes well. Win, win, win.”
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3. CHICKEN TORTELLINI SOUP
With fantastic stuffed tortellini, tender chicken and deliciously stewed root vegetables, there really is no way to go wrong! This unbelievably delicious recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup from The Recipe Critic just goes to show that even the most basic pantry items can be assembled in a way to create the dinner of your dreams!
Alyssa adds, “This soup is loaded with veggies, shredded chicken and cheese tortellini. It’s a fun and easy twist on the classic chicken noodle soup. Best of all this soup is made in a slow cooker. That means little to no prep time and lots of flavor. This soup simmers low and slow for 6 hours!”
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4. THREE CHEESE CHICKEN LASAGNA
While it's not your traditional lasagna, as it has a very obvious lack of tomato sauce, this outstanding recipe from La Creme de la Crumb for Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna for your slow cooker is sure to open your mind up to some fantastic lasagna adaptations. Thick, rich and creamy, this stand-out dish is perfect for an easy dinner in with the kids.
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5. ZUPPA TOSCANA
This brilliant take on the Olive Garden classic, Zuppa Toscana from Noshtastic, is full of mouthwatering Italian sausage, hearty bunches of kale, and deliciously starchy potatoes to add in some more body. This wholesome soup makes for a delightful light lunch or a brilliant starter to serve at a dinner party with a slice of toasted bread and butter! Delicious!
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