SLOW COOKER RECIPES

Find all the Best Slow Cooker Recipes below.

We started dabbling with the slow cooker because of our busy schedules and found it to be a very easy way to create home-cooked meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. As many of you know with a busy work schedule and kids involved in extracurricular activities, the time in between is often too short to prepare a good meal.  Fast food ultimately becomes the quickest choice for dinner.  With these slow cooker recipes, not only are we eating better, but we are saving money.

 

Once we realized how beneficial the slow cooker was, we began tweaking our normal stovetop and oven menu and turned them into slow cooker recipes as well.  After we saw how successful it was for our family, we decided to make this a fun addition to the blog and help all of you at meal time.

 

There are several different slow cookers available to purchase&lt1=_new"", but we found the programmable slow cooker works great for families on the go.  You program it for the specific cook time and once completed, it will automatically switch to warm mode and be ready to serve when you walk in the door (and it also makes your house smell AMAZING)

 

The one pictured below is my favorite.  You can order this Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker by CLICKING HERE.&lt1=_new""

 

 

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Recipe for Slow Cooker Meatloaf!!

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SLOW COOKER MEATLOAF

If you are like our family, your days are packed with all kinds of activities and sporting events. Because of that, I have been dabbling with some slow cooker recipes and LOVING it.

First of all, we are a family that loves to cook so it has been fun to try several different slow cooker recipes. I will be sharing a new one each week.

As most of you know, we have done quite a few slow cooker pasta recipes with our favorite being the slow cooker lasagna. This slow cooker meatloaf recipe is super easy and is absolutely delicious.

We put it together around noon and by 5-6 it is ready to eat and a BONUS is our house smells amazing too :-)

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Delicious Slow Cooker Meatloaf
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1 1/2 cup milk
  3. 1 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  4. 1 small onion chopped
  5. 2 teaspoon salt
  6. 3 pounds ground beef
  7. 1/4 cup ketchup
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  10. 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  11. 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, mushroom, and salt in a large bowl. Add ground beef and stir well to combine.
  2. Shape into a round loaf and place in your crockpot on low for 5-6 hours or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  3. In a small bowl whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and optional Worcestershire sauce. Spoon sauce over meatloaf and now add mushrooms. Return to slow cooker and cook on low for about 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. This is absolutely delicious :)
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Recipe for crockpot Lasagna!!

Crockpot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna

If you are like our family, your days are packed with all kinds of activities and sporting events. Because of that, I have been dabbling with some crockpot recipes. I love to cook so it has been fun to try several different ones. So far, my favorite is this crockpot lasagna. It is super easy to make and only takes approximately 4-5 hours to cook.  It is absolutely delicious.

Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 tsp minced onions
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles

Step 1 Cook sausage and hamburger over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage and hamburger are no longer pink; drain.

Step 2 In a separate pan add olive oil, minced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leave, and salt. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Now add sausage and hamburger mixture to same pan.

Step 3 Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Remainder of mozzarella cheese will go on top after lasagna cooks, so put back in refrigerator)

Step 4 Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 4-5 noodles (break into pieces to fit in crock pot) Spread with half of the cheese mixture and then 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4-5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining noodles and remaining sausage mixture.

Step 5 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (It took mine approximately 4 hours)

Step 6 Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces. Let me know what your thoughts are on this recipe?

Crockpot Lasagna
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  2. 1 pound hamburger
  3. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. 2 tablespoons and 2 tsp minced onions
  5. 1 tsp minced Garlic
  6. 2 cans (15 ounces each) Diced tomatoes
  7. 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  8. 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
  9. 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  12. 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  13. 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  14. 10 uncooked lasagna noodles
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage and hamburger over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage and hamburger are no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a separate pan add olive oil, minced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leave, and salt. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Now add sausage and hamburger mixture to same pan.
  3. Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Remainder of mozzarella cheese will go on top after lasagna cooks, so put back in refrigerator)
  4. Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 4-5 noodles (break into pieces to fit in crock pot) Spread with half of the cheese mixture and then 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4-5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (It took mine approximately 4 hours)
  6. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces. Let me know what your thoughts are on this recipe?
Notes
  1. Serve with some garlic bread :)
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Slow Cooker Chicken Breast and Red Potatoes!

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BREAST AND RED POTATOES

Here is another one of our family’s favorite chicken slow cooker recipes. This one is smothered in a delicious creamy gravy. The three soups make this recipe burst with flavor.  There is very little preparation involved in this meal, just slicing red potatoes, cutting chicken, and heating the gravy. It takes approximately 6 hours to cook on low for the potatoes to get tender. The most important part of this meal is not to stir while it is cooking. The potatoes need to stay at the bottom to absorb the gravy and become tender. Stirring this recipe adds to the cook time.

Our family loves chicken slow cooker recipes so be looking for more to come in the near future. I hope you find these meals are saving your family time and money.

Below is our slow cooker chicken breast and red potatoes recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast and Red Potatoes
Easy and delicious
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1 small onion, sliced thin
  3. 1 pint fresh mushrooms
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1 can cream of chicken soup
  6. 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  7. 1 can French Onion soup
  8. 8-10 red potatoes, sliced
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into bite size chunks.
  2. Brown in a small amount of olive oil.
  3. Remove from pan and set aside,
  4. Brown onion until tender.
  5. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.
  6. Spray slow cooker with Pam
  7. Layer red potato slices in bottom of slow cooker.
  8. Add 1/2 of the onion and mushroom mixture.
  9. Top with the chicken.
  10. Place the rest of the onions and mushrooms on the chicken.
  11. Empty all three soups into a pan. Stir and combine thoroughly.
  12. Pour soup mixture over chicken.
  13. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until potatoes are tender.
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Lasagna Slow Cooker Recipe

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LASAGNA SLOW COOKER RECIPE

I am having so much fun dabbling with these slow cooker recipes.  Our family especially loves the slow cooker pasta recipes and this lasagna slow cooker recipe is one of our favorites. Jamie and I have tweaked our own pasta sauce and we included that in this recipe. We served this meal at the FREE community dinner and everyone loved it. It is super easy to make and only takes approximately 4-5 hours to cook. If you like Italian food, I think your family will really enjoy this meal.

If your family likes tomatoes you can use 2 cans diced tomatoes in place of 2 cans of the tomato sauce. Jamie likes extra lasagna noodles so we make ours with extra noodles, but again, you can adjust it to your family’s taste.  I would love your thoughts once you try this recipe including the pasta sauce :-) 

Here is the recipe:

Lasagna Slow Cooker Recipe
A family favorite meal
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr 50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  2. pound hamburger
  3. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. 2 tablespoons and 2 tsp minced onions
  5. 1 tsp minced Garlic
  6. 3 cans (15 ounces each) Tomato Sauce
  7. 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
  8. 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  11. 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  12. 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  13. 10 uncooked lasagna noodles
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage and hamburger over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage and hamburger are no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a separate pan add olive oil, minced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leave, and salt. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Now add sausage and hamburger mixture to same pan.
  3. Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Remainder of mozzarella cheese will go on top after lasagna cooks, so put back in refrigerator)
  4. Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 4-5 noodles (break into pieces to fit in crock pot) Spread with half of the cheese mixture and then 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4-5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (It took mine approximately 4 hours)
  6. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces.
Notes
  1. Best Lasagna Ever :)
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Recipe for Crockpot Chicken Supreme

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Recipe for Crockpot Chicken Supreme

I hope you are all enjoying these slow cooker recipes.  This Crockpot Chicken Supreme is another one of our favorites.  We have personalized it using our homemade Alfredo sauce, but you can substitute it with a can of cream of mushroom soup or a jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce.  We like to serve this over fettuccini noodles, baked potato, or rice.  

We are having fun taking pictures and posting them.  Jamie and I both love to cook so we are enjoying  our time in the kitchen together.  This is another very easy meal with very little prep time.  We love our slow cooker chicken recipes not only for the taste, but for the time it saves us.  This meal is short on ingredients, but full of flavor and with very few steps, can be prepared in no time. The cook time is approximately 4-5 hours and as with all slow cooker chicken recipes, the chicken is so tender, it falls apart. 

As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts after you try it :-) 

Here is the recipe for crockpot chicken supreme:

Crockpot Chicken Supreme
This chicken will fall apart - delicious
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
5 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
5 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 slices of bacon
  2. 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 stick butter
  6. 1 cup parmesan cheese
  7. 1/2 - 1 pint fresh mushrooms
Instructions
  1. In large skillet cook bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. Crumble bacon and place in refrigerator
  4. In skillet with bacon drippings, cook chicken over medium heat 3-5 minutes until light brown, only turning one time. Place in a 4-6 qt slow cooker.
  5. In skillet, saute the mushrooms in the bacon drippings. Once sauteed, add the garlic, heavy cream, and butter and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and add 1 cup parmesan.
  7. Simmer until cheese is melted.
  8. Once heated, pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low setting for 4-5 hours.
  9. Once done, sprinkle with bacon.
  10. This chicken will literally fall apart when you serve it.
Notes
  1. Delicious and chicken is so tender it will fall apart. We serve this over fettuccini noodles.
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Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole Recipe

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SLOW COOKER PIZZA CASSEROLE RECIPE

Here is another one of our family’s favorite meals. We love all these slow cooker italian recipes.  This one can be modified in several different ways to suit your taste.  You can use cheese or meat ravioli, jar pasta sauce or our homemade pasta sauce.  You can also add your favorite pizza toppings like olives, banana peppers, and/or bacon.   Prep time is approximately 20 minutes and it cooks in about 4 hours on low.  We love to serve this with garlic breadsticks.  Super easy yet delicious money saving meal.  

For all of us that coupon, pasta sauce and pepperoni are common ingredients that go on sale.  With the use of Sunday insert coupons or printable coupons we can purchase these at a significant discount. This is why I highly recommend stockpiling these staple food items when we can purchase them for pennies on the dollar. 

This is a very kid-friendly meal.  What kid doesn’t love ravioli and pizza?!  This recipe joins the best of both worlds. Our family loves this Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole Recipe. As always, please let us know your thoughts after you have tried it. I hope you are enjoying these recipes as much as we are enjoying posting them :-) 

 

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole
Quick but delicious dinner
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  2. 1 lb. ground beef
  3. 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  4. 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chipped
  5. 2 jars (1 lb 8 oz) pasta sauce or homemade (our pasta sauce recipe will be at end)
  6. 1 bag (25 oz) frozen ravioli (do NOT thaw and use either cheese or meat filled or a mixture)
  7. 3-4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  8. 1 package sliced pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Spray bottom of slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In skillet cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink and drain.
  3. Place sausage in large bowl.
  4. In same skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until ground beef is thoroughly cooked and onion is tender, drain.
  5. Add ground beef, 1 jar of pasta sauce (or half of homemade pasta sauce), and sausage. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  6. In slow cooker, spread half of remaining jar of pasta sauce (Or homemade sauce) to cover the bottom.
  7. Layer with half of the ravioli and half of the meat mixture.
  8. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese and half pepperoni. Repeat layers
  9. Cover, cook on low heat for 4 hours. ENJOY!!!
Notes
  1. Joni and Jamie's Homemade Pasta Sauce
  2. 4 cans tomato sauce (14.5 oz)
  3. 2 tablespoons oregano
  4. 2 tablespoons basil
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

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SLOW COOKER POT ROAST RECIPE

As most of you know, we started a new section on the blog with our slow cooker recipes.  We have had so much fun working with our slow cooker.  So many families, due to time constraints,  get into a rut of making the same meals week after week.    With all of us knee deep in work, homework, and extracurricular activities, we have found this to be very beneficial to our family.  Not only is this a time saver, but it is also saving us money as we no longer have to pick up fast food and can still have a delicious home cooked meal. The prep time on these meals is minimal and  most can be prepared the night before.  The best part about the slow cooker pot roast recipe is the longer it cooks the more tender the meat becomes.  Having dinner as a family is important to us and preparing these slow cooker recipes is allowing us to eat together nightly.  

Below is our slow cooker pot roast recipe. If you like pot roast, I think this will be a family favorite.  As always, I appreciate any input on this recipe :-) 

 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe with Potatoes and Carrots
Easy and delicious - cook it long enough and it falls apart :)
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-5 lbs Beef Roast
  2. 1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix
  3. 2 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  5. Ground Black Pepper
  6. 8-12 oz baby carrots
  7. 2 lbs red potatoes quartered (8-10 red potatoes)
  8. 1 medium onion quartered
  9. 2 1/2 - 3 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Combine onion mix and garlic powder.
  2. Rinse roast with water.
  3. Rub the dry mixture over the roast
  4. Stab the mixture into the beef using a meat tenderizing tool or fork.
  5. Slice the onion in quarters and place in bottom of slow cooker
  6. Place the roast on top.
  7. Quarter the red potatoes and place carrots and red potatoes on top of roast in slow cooker.
  8. Add Salt and Pepper.
  9. Add the Beef Broth.
  10. Cook on low heat for 8 hours (will literally fall apart)
Notes
  1. This is an easy recipe but makes absolutely delicious pot roast :)
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Beef Stroganoff Slow Cooker Recipe

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BEEF STROGANOFF SLOW COOKER RECIPE

If you are like our family, you are busy with all sorts of activities every evening so these slow cooker recipes have been a life saver for us.  Many of us are working a full-time job and gone most of the day, so having a slow cooker with a timer still allow us to prepare a meal that will be ready when we get home from our busy day.   We have been dabbling with all sorts of new recipes and tweaking them to our liking. Our kids have become BIG fans of the slow cooker meals as well because it makes our whole house smell good :-) I thought this would be a cool way to share some NEW slow cooker recipes and hopefully save your family some time as well as offer a fantastic alternative to fast food.  

The Beef Stroganoff Slow Cooker Recipe is very easy to prepare and the longer it cooks the more tender it becomes. You can use either London Broil or Beef Chuck Roast. We prefer the Beef Chuck Roast, but either works just fine. I highly recommend slicing it thin.  This allows it to cook better and the meat becomes much more tender.  Let us know your thoughts after you have tried it please.

Beef Stroganoff Slow Cooker Recipe
Delicious beef stroganoff.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds London Broil or beef chuck roast
  2. 1 pint fresh sliced mushrooms
  3. 1 small onion, thinly chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp ground pepper
  7. 1 ½ cups beef broth
  8. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  9. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  10. 8 ounces sour cream (low fat)
  11. 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  12. Egg noodles
Instructions
  1. With a sharp knife, slice beef diagonally across the grain, thin (1/4 inch). Place beef, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper in the slow cooker
  2. In a bowl, add the beef broth, flour, and mustard and whisk. Pour mixture over beef and mushrooms and stir to combine. Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 ½ hours.
  3. Once the meat is tender, add sour cream and fresh dill. Stir to combine.
  4. To serve, place over egg noodles. This is absolutely delicious
Notes
  1. ENJOY!!
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