Knowing how to make rigatoni in a crock pot is one way to make cooking a simple, healthy process—and to make sure that there are warm leftovers. As you learn how to make rigatoni, you will realize the convenience of cooking meals in a crock-pot. Since rigatoni is generally made with some type tomato sauce, the crock-pot is even more beneficial to the flavor of the meal because the tomato sauce is allowed to release more of its flavor over a longer period of time.
Ingredients you'll need:
- One box of rigatoni
- Large pot
- Six cups of water
- One tsp. of salt
- Large jar of marinara sauce to taste
- Prepare the noodles. Place the large pot of water on the stove and add salt and rigatoni. Cook on medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook for about twenty minutes or until rigatoni cuts easily with a fork or spoon. Drain the noodles. It is possible to cook the rigatoni in the crock-pot with the sauce, but doing so can change the texture of the sauce and noodles. To use this method, simply add the rigatoni to the sauce when you put the sauce in the crock-pot and cook until pasta is tender.
- Prepare the sauce. Place the marinara sauce in the crock-pot. Add salt to taste if so desired. Turn the crock-pot to medium. As you learn to cook rigatoni in a crock-pot, you will learn how to modify the heat setting so the dish is done when you require it to be.
- Mix the rigatoni and sauce. Pour the rigatoni in the sauce and stir. As you are developing your cooking talent, you will find that you may want to adjust the amount of sauce you use so that it is the texture you desire. Keep in mind as you cook the rigatoni that the sauce will thicken as it cooks.
- Adjust and observe. As you are cooking rigatoni in the crock pot, you may notice that the sauce becomes thicker than you desire. To avoid this, limit the cooking time or add water or more sauce as needed. The time you take to cook the rigatoni is completely dependent on your own tastes. It may take an hour or a couple of hours. As marinara sauce cooks, it release the acid of the tomatoes and can change the flavor of the sauce. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants and the longer they are cooked with other foods, the more the sauce (thus the antioxidants) is able to be absorbed.
- Serve. You'll know your rigatoni is done when the sauce is bubbling and it is at the desired consistency. If you have no preferred consistency and you aren't quite sure what to look for, pull a spoonful of rigatoni out of the crock pot. The sauce should be thick enough to stay on the rigatoni, but not so thick that is has formed a paste. The sauce should not run off the pasta. If it does, the sauce is too thin.