Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup
Lentils are a vastly underrated pantry staple: inexpensive, packed with protein and fiber, and so versatile. Their earthiness matches perfectly with the warm curry spices and tomato in this comforting soup. Miraculously, the lentils retain their shape and texture after a low, slow simmer in the slow cooker, making this the ideal make-ahead, freeze-ahead soup. A few ingredients take this soup over the top: a bit of half-and-half adds body and a luxurious creaminess, sherry rounds out the earthiness of the lentils, and crispy, crumbled bacon is just plain delicious. For a vegetarian main, swap chicken broth for vegetable broth, and top each serving with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream.