cooking noodles in crockpot

kimmaltsev
kimmaltsev Posts: 57 Member
How Long can you leave uncooked noodles in a crockpot without letting them get all mushy? Tried to make veggie soup with noodles that were uncooked and left it cook for over an hour. Any suggestions on what i can do to not have them get so mushy and what have i done wrong.

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  • SuperNerd42
    SuperNerd42 Posts: 47 Member
    I'm hoping someone has the magic answer, because I have terrible luck with this too.

    The best I've found is to cook the noodles separately and shock them in cold water. Add them to the crock shortly before serving.
  • Queenmunchy
    Queenmunchy Posts: 3,380 Member
    I cook and drain then put the noodles into a bowl and ladle the hot mixture over them.
  • HeidiCooksSupper
    HeidiCooksSupper Posts: 3,831 Member
    I don't have a crock pot but the general rule of thumb for the hot water soaking method for cooking pasta is about the same amount of time as you would to boil them or a couple minutes more. Too long and the pasta gets mushy.

    I regularly use a low-water method for cooking pasta. Just put in enough water to cover by an inch or so, bring to a boil, and turn the heat off. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the pot and they are done in the usual amount of time.
  • not_my_first_rodeo
    not_my_first_rodeo Posts: 311 Member
    Because noodles and pasta take comparatively no time to cook, I'd suggest not putting them in a crockpot unless it's right before serving.

    Even when I've made soup on the stove top, I've always cooked the noodles separately. And if the leftovers are going in the fridge, I keep them separate for that too.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    Old school crockpots cook at a lower temperature. So even if you get an answer it may not be the "correct" answer for your crockpot.
  • enterdanger
    enterdanger Posts: 2,447 Member
    I throw the noodles in the last 10 minutes or so...particularly if they are like egg noodles. Those cook fast.
  • 777Gemma888
    777Gemma888 Posts: 9,578 Member
    I have an electric pressure cooker ... Short Italian noodles (dry) 10 to 15 minutes.

    Spaghetti/Angel Hair long Italian noodles - Use the saute setting and do not close the lid. 5 to 7 minutes.

    Fresh pasta - too scared to cook it longer than 5 minutes.
  • dragon_girl26
    dragon_girl26 Posts: 2,187 Member
    Because noodles and pasta take comparatively no time to cook, I'd suggest not putting them in a crockpot unless it's right before serving.

    Even when I've made soup on the stove top, I've always cooked the noodles separately. And if the leftovers are going in the fridge, I keep them separate for that too.

    This is also what I do. Keeping the noodles separate from the soup not only helps me know the exact amount of noodles per serving to log, but also keeps them from sitting in the broth and absorbing most of it. Nothing worse than soggy mushy noodles.
  • CattOfTheGarage
    CattOfTheGarage Posts: 2,750 Member
    TeaBea wrote: »
    Old school crockpots cook at a lower temperature. So even if you get an answer it may not be the "correct" answer for your crockpot.

    True, and modern ones vary massively, so trial and error is the key to this one.

    I've never tried cooking pasta in the slow cooker, seems like a tricky thing to do, although there are lots of recipes out there for macaroni cheese, lasagne etc
  • lilithsrose
    lilithsrose Posts: 752 Member
    I always let everything else cook until done, then add the noodles about 30 minutes prior to serving. This gives the noodles a chance to get soft without becoming mushy.