January 20, 2020

Slow cooker creamy chicken and tomato pasta sauce

Plate of pasta topped with slow cooker creamy chicken and tomato pasta sauce and a side of green beans.

This creamy, flavorful, and simple pasta sauce is sure to become a family favorite! Your slow cooker does the work and you have a hearty dish for a weeknight dinner.

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This pasta sauce recipe is a favorite of mine. It's a recipe that I've been making for a while and I adapted it from here. It's always a favorite in our house and I like to serve it with my kids' favorite pasta shape - "bow ties" or farfalle, along with a side of green beans, broccoli, or a salad for a complete meal.

This pasta dish is a perfect meal for a chilly day and an easy weeknight dinner. Plus it's very kid-friendly, which is always a bonus around here and I know many people are always looking for dinners for their family to enjoy.

All you need to do is put the chicken, a jar of marinara, some garlic and onion, along with spices in the slow cooker. At the end you stir in some cream cheese and let it melt and heat through to add the creamy part to this sauce. You cook the pasta separately for this recipe.

Pasta dishes make an appearance on our menu about once per week because my whole family loves pasta meals. I try to switch it up from the usual spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce or macaroni and cheese so that my kids are exposed to different ways to enjoy one of their favorites. My kids are still learning to enjoy eating chicken, but this is a way that they generally like it.

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Close-up of the finished pasta dish being scooped with a fork.

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Yield: about 8 servings

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Tomato Pasta Sauce

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Tomato Pasta Sauce

This creamy, flavorful, and simple pasta sauce is sure to become a family favorite! Your slow cooker does the work and you have a hearty dish for a weeknight dinner.


  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 lb. of pasta, cooked to package directions
  • minced fresh or dried parsley or chopped fresh basil, for serving, optional


How to cook Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Tomato Pasta Sauce

  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray. Place in the chicken breasts, onion, and garlic. Sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the Italian seasoning, bay leaf, and marinara.
  2. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or high for 4-5 hours, until the chicken is tender. Shred the chicken with two forks, remove the bay leaf, and stir in the cream cheese. Let the cream cheese heat through.
  3. Serve on top of your favorite pasta. Topped with parsley or basil, if desired.
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Slow cooker creamy chicken and tomato pasta sauce on farfalle pasta.

Check out these other slow cooker recipes: 

Slow Cooker Chicken, Stuffing, and Green Beans Dinner 

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken 

Easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken 

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Ginger Chicken 

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  1. Pasta is at least a weekly occurrence around our house too. Happy for another recipe.

  2. That looks like a fuss free and very delicious weekday meal!

  3. This sounds so good! I love pasta and the creamy chicken sounds delicious!

  4. That sauce looks amazing. Comfort food!

  5. It looks delicious and perfect for pasta! Yum!

  6. That sauce looks fabulous. I could probably just make a meal out of that.

  7. That sauce sounds amazing and so family friendly too. I love bow tie pasta too!

  8. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try with some of the pasta sauce I just made! I think it would make the perfect weeknight dinner!

  9. This sounds delicious! I love the creamy tomato sauce with the chicken and the pasta!

  10. We are total pasta lovers here! This sauce looks so delicious and super simple to cook in the slow cooker.

  11. I love this dish!I am looking forward to trying this!

  12. What a great meal to come home to after a long day.


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