I'm a notoriously terrible cook - but this turned out awesome! Substituted the carrots for zucchini, we're not fans of carrots in my house. Followed the advice of other reviewers and cooked the pasta separately then added it at the end. Because I was going to be cooking the pasta on its own, I halved the amount of water in the crock pot. Served with simple crescent rolls, and even though we had two helpings each, I have tons of leftovers to take to lunch this week.