Plug in and let Old Faithful help out with feeding a crowd. These recipes are delightfully savory and yield 8 servings or more.
We unlocked the secrets to succulent meats, tender but toothsome beans, and brilliant, robust flavors. Mission accomplished:
These are our best-ever slow cooker recipes.
First, our Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew will surely delight.
A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter. To get 2 pounds of trimmed meat, you'll probably need to purchase a 2 1/2-pound roast.
View Recipe: Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew
We were surprised and delighted by how well lasagna cooks up in the slow cooker. Be sure to use traditional noodles, and place
them in the cooker uncooked. We tried the recipe with specially formulated no-bake noodles, and they didn't work as well.
View Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausage and Squash Lasagna
Creamy, starchy, and filling, this hearty, rustic soup is the epitome of comfort. And convenient: Beans go in dry—no need
View Recipe: Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks
It's not hard to make your own salsa verde, with fresher flavor and much less sodium than jarred versions: Simply blacken
tomatillos, chiles, and onions; then blend.
View Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Verde
Here's an example where the slow cooker excels: The beef slowly braises until it practically falls to shreds. We like the
mixture on sandwiches, but it's also delicious over a baked potato and topped with sour cream.
View Recipe: Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches
This meaty sauce is great ladled over any kind of pasta, and leftovers freeze well.
View Recipe: Slow-Cooked Ragù
When you have a house full of holiday guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker
can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.
View Recipe: Hearty Oats and Grains
This saucy dish is worthy of a dinner party; just serve with a side of brown rice or rice noodles. Cola is the secret ingredient,
yielding a luscious sauce with great body.
View Recipe: Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs
Hearty canned chickpeas hold up beautifully in the slow cooker, where they're combined with fragrant spices and just a little
stock. Since the chicken cooks on top of the chickpea mixture and is not submerged in liquid, it can cook longer without suffering
View Recipe: Chicken and Chickpea Tagine
With just 30 minutes of preparation in the morning, this warm stew cooks in 8 hours while you are at work or running errands
throughout the day and is ready to eat when you get home.
View Recipe: Easy Beef Osso Buco
Serve this saucy dish over polenta or pasta. Transform leftovers into soup: Shred the chicken, and place in a pot with sauce.
Add unsalted chicken stock, diced zucchini, and diced carrots; simmer until veggies are tender.
View Recipe: Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
This brisket is a slow-cooked combination of vegetables, spices, and divine flat-cut brisket roast that is sure to please
the whole family on a chilly night.
View Recipe: Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Brisket