By Jasmine Henry

Keeping pasta warm for a long time is a challenge for even the most experienced cooks and caterers. Pasta can turn too soggy and soft when kept in liquid, but without it, pasta becomes chewy and dry. A slow cooker, along with a small amount of oil and liquid (preferably sauce, but water will do), can keep pasta warm and moist without overcooking.

Spaghetti strands on a spoon above boiling water
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Step 1

Cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. Once it's al dente (fully cooked but not overly softened), remove it from the heat and strain it.

Step 2

Place the pasta in the slow cooker with olive oil and water or sauce. Toss thoroughly to coat.

Step 3

Set the slow cooker on low heat.

Step 4

Replenish the water or sauce every 30 minutes.

Step 5

Every hour, check for texture and replace with freshly cooked pasta as needed.