Sausage & Pesto Pasta Recipe

When you have a busy, active family crockpot meals are a life saver!  I love having a number of delicious crockpot meals already prepared and frozen in my freezer.  They save me a ton of time and energy worry about what to feed the family every day.  This Sausage and Pesto Pasta crockpot recipe is a family favorite and one that is a hit with the kids!

I usually batch out at least six freezer meals at a time.  Spending one morning each week preparing dinners for the month allows me to save not only time but also money.  I can plan out my weekly meals and not rely on last minute take out as much.  I use this printable weekly meal planner and grocery list all the time.  Grab your own copy…


Tips for making Crockpot Freezer Meals:

  • Use 1 gallon, large freezer bags.  Label bags with the date, recipe and cooking instructions
  • Lay ingredients flat in the bag for easier storage in the freezer.
  • Defrost meals in the refrigerator or place frozen into the crockpot.  If the meal is defrosted, reduce the cooking time accordingly (subtract two hours for most crockpot meals).
  • Crockpot meals can easily be converted to Instant Pot recipes using this handy guide from Taste of Home – How to Convert Slow Cooker Recipes for the Instant Pot.
  • Store meals for up to three months in the freezer.


Sausage & Pesto Pasta Recipe

Sausage & Pesto Pasta Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 lb ground sausage, cooked
  • 10 oz container of pesto
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes {optional}
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz pkg rigatoni, cooked


  1. Place first nine ingredients into the crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.

I can’t wait to make this Sausage & Pesto Pasta crockpot recipe again!  If you’re a fan of pesto then you should totally check out this Chicken Pesto Crockpot Recipe too…

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or these yummy crockpot meatballs…

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or what about this delicious Coconut Curry Chicken that can be made in a skillet or crockpot…

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Any questions about these recipes?  Please let me know, I’d love to help make meal time easier…

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