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olive garden chicken pasta crockpot
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How to Make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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We all love a good crockpot dish. You know the ones we can start in the morning, that will cook throughout the day and be almost ready by the time it’s time to eat. This crockpot Olive Garden Chicken pasta is one of our family’s favorites. It is quick, easy, and packed with so much flavor. I love the zesty flavor from the Italian dressing. The chicken is so moist and delicious, you are going to want to make this at least once a week.

Make this easy, creamy slow cooker recipe, and you’ll understand why people love Olive Garden chicken pasta.

One of the most popular TikTok recipes right now is Olive Garden chicken pasta, an easy, slow cooker dinner that’s creamy, comforting, and loaded with flavor. Serve it with a side of warm copycat Olive Garden breadsticks, a glass of wine and some Frank Sinatra tunes, and it’ll feel like a night out at your favorite family restaurant!

What’s in Olive Garden Chicken Pasta?


The ingredients for this recipe are so easy to find. Layer boneless chicken breast, Olive Garden Italian dressing, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese in a slow cooker. In a few hours, you can slice or shred the chicken, stir in some pasta and dinner is ready! The bottled dressing is a great shortcut ingredient that serves as the cooking liquid and adds loads of zesty flavor from garlic, cheese and herbs.

How to Make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

This recipe is adapted from the version on The Magical Slow Cooker blog. It’s a hearty comfort dish that makes 6-8 servings. Serve it warm with breadsticks or garlic bread and a fresh, green salad.


  • Nonstick spray
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat
  • 1 16-ounce bottle Olive Garden Signature Italian Dressing
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on the finished dish
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 16 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • Optional: Toasted breadcrumbs and minced fresh parsley

Nancy’s Tip: Use fresh Parmesan cheese instead of shelf-stable shake cheese for this dish. It melts smoothly into the sauce.

Tools You’ll Need

  • I used a 6-quart slow cooker like this one, but a larger slow cooker will also work.
  • This stick blender easily makes a smooth sauce.
  • This rotary Parmena grater is just like the ones restaurants use tableside!


Step 1: Start with the chicken


Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in the bottom.

Step 2: Add the next ingredients


Pour all of the Olive Garden dressing over the chicken breasts. Place the brick of cream cheese on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the grated fresh Parmesan over everything, along with the black pepper.

olive garden chicken pasta crockpot
olive garden chicken pasta crockpot

Step 3: Cook the chicken

Set the slow cooker to high, cover and cook everything for about 4 hours until the chicken is done. (It should have an internal temperature of 165°F.) You can also cook it on the low setting for about 6-7 hours.

Step 4: Cook the pasta


Shortly before the slow cooker is done, cook the cavatappi pasta according to the package directions and then drain.

Step 5: Blend the sauce


Use tongs or two forks to move the chicken to a plate or cutting board. Then, use a stick blender to blend the sauce inside the slow cooker for 2-3 minutes until it’s smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a stick blender, use a hand whisk.

Nancy’s Tip: Blending the sauce at this stage before other ingredients are added is the easiest way to get a smooth and creamy sauce with no lumps or oily spots.

Step 6: Shred the chicken


Use two forks to pull the cooked chicken breast apart into shreds. You can do this on a cutting board or place the chicken back in the slow cooker and shred it there. The chicken should be very tender and pull apart easily. Place the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker.

Step 7: Add the pasta


Add the cooked cavatappi pasta to the slow cooker. Gently stir everything together so that the pasta and chicken are coated with the sauce.

Step 8: Serve


Spoon the Olive Garden chicken pasta onto plates. Top each dish with a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, and finely diced parsley and toasted breadcrumbs for color and a little crunch.

Here’s What I Thought


This is cheesy and creamy comfort food that’ll warm you up on a chilly night. The Olive Garden Italian dressing is made with garlic and Romano cheese, and these savory flavors are the most prominent in this pasta dish—along with some zestiness from the herbs and vinegar in the dressing. I think if I had had this recipe when the kids were still little it would’ve been in frequent rotation!

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. When reheating stir in a little more Olive Garden dressing or cream to help loosen the noodles and sauce.

Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Dinner is a breeze with this creamy and zesty slow cooker recipe for copycat Olive Garden chicken pasta. This great recipe is uses just 5 ingredients that you set it and forget it! Get an Italian restaurant quality pasta recipe right at home!

olive garden chicken pasta crockpot
olive garden chicken pasta crockpot

This copycat Olive Garden chicken pasta is just what your family will love for dinner tonight. It’s a creamy sauce that is full of flavor thanks to the Italian dressing and seasoning. It’s one of our favorite Olive Garden restaurant favorites!

This copycat chicken pasta recipe is very easy to get ready. In your slow cooker, you cook chicken, Italian dressing, cream cheese, seasonings and your favorite cooked pasta and and topped with parmesan cheese.

This restaurant quality meal has a consistency similar to an alfredo sauce that the entire family will love.

A meal like crockpot olive garden chicken recipe is almost like a casserole, it’s hearty and goes a long way, comfort food at it’s best. Olive Garden chicken pasta recipe will become one of the favorite recipes of your whole family.

How to Make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz Olive garden salad dressing
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 16 oz cooked pasta

Full recipe

Spray the crock pot with non stick cooking spray

Place chicken breasts in crockpot.

Season to taste with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Pour in the Italian Dressing, then top with cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Place lid on crockpot and cook for 4 hours on high.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, shred chicken with two forks.

Drain but do not rinse the pasta.

Add to the slow cooker and stir well to combine.

What to serve with your Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Here are some great options to round out this delicious meal:

  • fresh vegetables like roasted broccoli or baked cauliflower,
  • A side salad with olive garden italian dressing
  • Garlic bread or a nice loaf of bread

If you have leftovers for this easy copycat recipe, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Pasta recipes are an easy meal for lunch, reheating great!

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • This recipe is easily adaptable! I love it with pasta, but you can easily serve it over a bed of rice. You can even serve it by itself and add a vegetable for healthier meal.
  • If you are not a fan of cream cheese you can substitute it for heavy whipping cream, this will make a thinner sauce.
  • Get creative! Add sundried tomatoes for some additional flavor and color.
  • If you can’t find Olive Garden Italian dressing, you can use another brand of salad dressing, just be sure to get the “zesty Italian” for that same flavor we all love. Or better yet, check out my recipe to make a copycat version of Olive Garden Signature Italian dressing.
What Do I serve with Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
olive garden chicken pasta crockpot
olive garden chicken pasta crockpot

Why not make it an Olive Garden feast with an Olive Garden Salad (use Olive Garden Italian Dressing) and make your very own Olive Garden breadsticks.


You will want to store your leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. These will last 3-4 days when properly stored.



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This Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta freezes so well. I recommend cooking the chicken and pulling out the portion you want to freeze before adding the noodles.


Let it cool completely, place in a freezer bag, get as much air out as you can, and then freeze. When ready to use, pull out and thaw in the fridge overnight. Cook your pasta, heat your chicken, and add your parmesan cheese.

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