Crockpot cooking is convenient. You throw everything in, set it, and then you do not have to think about it again for hours. With the world shifting back to normal and people going back to work and school, using the crockpot to make one of these crockpot recipes can help make the transition back to the way things used to be easier. Whether your family is heading back to the office and school or you are staying home for a bit longer, these are 10 of the best crockpot recipes to make getting dinner on the table easier than ever.
Best Crockpot Recipes for Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup is so delicious. Meatballs, carrots, celery, and acini de pepe pasta (or a similar small soup pasta) come together to make a hearty meal. This recipe has both stovetop and crockpot instructions and although it includes directions for making meatballs from scratch, you can just as easily throw in some premade, frozen meatballs to make your life even easier. If you do decide to use frozen, there is no need to brown them first. You just add them at the beginning of the cooking process and let them thaw out and cook with the rest of the soup base.
French Onion Soup
This French Onion Soup is one of the best crockpot recipes because not only is it simple, but your house will smell so wonderful when you walk in the door after a long day. The recipe requires you to cook the onions until they are translucent, so it takes a little prep time beyond just throwing everything in the crockpot. However, if you use the slow cooker function of an Instant Pot to make this recipe, you can use the saute function first to cook your onions and then switch over to the slow cooker function and add the rest of the ingredients.
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
Think of this Spaghetti and Meatball Soup as a homemade, grown-up version of the Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs you used to have for lunch as a kid. It is one of the best crockpot recipes because it is easy and your kids are bound to love it. Again, if you do not have time to make the meatballs from scratch like in the recipe, add frozen meatballs at the beginning instead. It is easy, yummy, and a major time saver.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
So creamy and decadent, this soup will have you and your family coming back for seconds. This is one of the best crockpot recipes for soup because most of the hard work is done by the crockpot. In the end, you remove the chicken from the broth and shred it before returning it to the pot and thickening the soup with milk and half and half. This soup would be great for a cold winter day, but also just as good any night of the year no matter what the season!
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Best Crockpot Recipes for Meat
Slow Cooker Chili
Chili is one of the best crockpot recipes because it always seems better when it is made in the crockpot. Maybe that is because it has all that time to simmer at a low, even temperature and develop flavor. Once you saute the onions for a few minutes and brown the ground beef, everything goes into the crockpot and you do not have to think about it again for five or six hours. Serve this Slow Cooker Chili with your favorite accompaniments like shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, or corn chips and your family will not leave the table hungry.
Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Need something super simple yet tasty? Give this Crockpot Salsa Chicken a try. This recipe uses only four ingredients. Seriously! When it is ready, the chicken is so tender and juicy it falls right apart. Serve it for dinner over rice, on buns, or as tacos. You can even put your own spin on it by using a different salsa or adding in black beans just before it is ready to serve.
Balsamic Roast Beef
For this Balsamic Roast Beef recipe, you literally throw all the ingredients in the crockpot, cook it for four hours on high or six to eight hours on low, and then remove the roast beef when it is done and shred it with two forks. It is one of the best crockpot recipes and one of the easiest roast beef recipes you could ever imagine. This recipe makes plenty of leftovers (unless your family cannot help themselves from gobbling it all up in one night!) so you can get a couple of tasty meals with one day of crockpot cooking.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Curry is one of the best crockpot recipes because the flavors come together so well while everything simmers on low all day. This curry recipe includes chicken, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes to make a filling and delicious stew that is as simple as putting everything into the crockpot and letting it cook. All you need to do is make some rice to serve it over when you are ready to eat. It makes excellent leftovers too because it is one of those dishes that seems to taste even better the next day.
Best Crockpot Recipes for Trying Something Different
Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells with Spinach
Everyone thinks of soups, stews, and hunks of meat when they think about things to cook in the crockpot, but some of the best crockpot recipes might just surprise you. Take this recipe for Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells with Spinach for instance. Fill uncooked jumbo pasta shells with a delicious cheesy mixture, cover with sauce, and cook them to perfection in the crockpot. Who knew slow cooker pasta could be so delicious?
Crockpot Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is notoriously hard. If you watch any of those chef competition shows, it is often the thing that sends chefs home. Take out the guesswork and cook it in the crockpot! This recipe does require a little bit of prep work, but nothing that takes more than 10 minutes. Once you saute the mushrooms, onions, and garlic for five minutes or so, add in the rice for a minute, and then pour it all into the crockpot. It cooks less than most crockpot recipes – just under three hours on low or just over an hour on high.
Using the crockpot means less to think about after being back in the office all day – nothing to worry about cooking when you get home, a perfectly cooked meal waiting for you and your family, and fewer dishes to clean up when it is all over. Even if you are at home, throwing everything in the crockpot in the morning lets you go on about the rest of your day without having to think about dinner later. These 10 best crockpot recipes are so delicious that your family will be asking you to make more dinners in the crockpot!
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