Easy Slow-Cooker Comfort Foods

Because you’ve gotta get food on the table.


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Chicken Puttanesca

chicken puttanesca and orzo on plate

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Makes 6

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Red Wine-Braised Beef

wine-braised beef and mashed potatoes

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Makes 6

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Pork Chile Verde

pork chile verde in pink bowl

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Super Swaps
For this recipe, opt for boneless chicken thighs instead. Make it even heartier: Spoon over white or brown rice.

Makes 6

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Sausage and Kale Soup

kale and sausage soup with parmesan

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Super Swaps
For this soup, switch to chicken sausage; add halved small potatoes for an energy-boosting carb hit. 

Makes 6

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Pie

slow-cooker spaghetti pie with fork

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Make Ahead
Cook, drain and refrigerate spaghetti. Mix peppers with marinara, parmesan, salt and pepper and pop in the fridge. 

Makes 6

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Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker + Tips

instant pot

Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker

  • Both use moisture to cook foods. 
  • A slow cooker raises the temp over a long period of time, while pressure cookers use steam to quickly cook your food.
  • Both are good for beans and tough cuts of meat. 
  • Some people prefer slow cookers because they can see their food while it is cooking and their dinner is ready right when they get home.

RELATED: How to Convert Slow Cooker Recipes for Your Instant Pot

Tips

  • As much as we all want to pile a bunch of ingredients into the crock and leave for work, many foods—like beef or pork—benefit from browning first. 
  • Never add still-frozen foods to the crock. They may not reach the proper temperature to cook through and kill harmful bacteria. 
  • Use the right size slow cooker for your dish, filling it no more than two-thirds full (we used a 6 qt crock). 
  • Older slow cookers can be inefficient. Newer models have features like auto shut-off and Bluetooth connectivity.