If there's one category of food that most kids grant their seal of approval, it's Italian. Lasagna, pizza, spaghetti, and meatballs  lend themselves perfectly to little people's palates. So what mom wouldn't want to combine a guaranteed kid-pleaser and a hands-off, easy-to-cook dinner that's (almost) as easy as ordering in a pizza delivery? Read on for nine Italian-inspired classics with a slow-cooker twist !
Healthy Whole-Wheat Lasagna
A comfort-food classic gets a healthy makeover , thanks to POPSUGAR Fitness community member Berry Happy Bodies. Swap out regular lasagna noodles for the whole-wheat variety, and replace ground beef with a medley of nutrient-rich veggies. It's a win-win for the entire family!
Slow-Cooker Pasta Bolognese
This Slow-Cooker Pasta Bolognese  isn't a "throw it all in and let it cook" recipe, but the little bit of extra time translates into a truly delicious meal the whole family will love!
Pizza Pasta Bake
Give the delivery man a break and try this pizza alternative — a slow-cooker pizza pasta bake  that incorporates noodles, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Yum!
We can't wait to try this creative take on lasagna . Simmering the soup over a slow cooker would be an easy one-pot approach to the inventive, cold-weather-ready meal.
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
Forget frying or baking! Blog Chef's slow cooker turkey meatballs  are so easy and tasty that they're bound to become a weekly menu item!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Tortellini
Talk about a comfort food! This slow cooker cheesy tortellini  is full of ground beef, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, refrigerated tortellini, and fresh herbs that your family will love!
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
You'll want to make a huge batch of these slow cooker Italian meatballs  because there are so many uses for them and they freeze so well!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Give the jarred sauce a night off and try this hearty sauce  that takes just 10 minutes of hands-on prep time and will make plenty of leftovers to stash in the fridge or freezer.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
There are few tricks to this slow cooker chicken parmesan  that keep the chicken juicy and crunchy — mainly using chicken thighs instead of breasts, and sprinkling the crunchy crumbs on top when it is through cooking. But best of all is that it only takes 10 minutes to prep!