We’ve still got a few more weeks of winter left before warmer weather returns, so now is the time to enjoy hearty, comforting foods. From stews and soups to simple spaghetti dishes, these slow cooker recipes we’re sharing below are ideal for cozy winter nights. Plus, they’re super easy to make since the slow cooker does most of the work for you.
Tom Kha Gai is a traditional hot Thai soup featuring spicy and sour flavors and coconut milk. It’s often referred to as Thai chicken coconut soup. While this is a slow cooker recipe, you can also make it over the stovetop. However, preparing it in a slow cooker allows the lime leaves and lemongrass to infuse longer, producing a stronger flavor and a tastier soup.
Sick of soup but still want to use your slow cooker? No worries. You can switch things up and cook this delicious spaghetti right in your slow cooker. You’ll start by slow-cooking the sauce. Then, you’ll add the spaghetti to cook in the sauce for the last hour before it’s ready.
The ultimate comfort food can now be made in your trusty slow cooker! When it comes to fall slow cooker recipes, this one was a no-brainer. Chicken noodle soup is a fall and winter staple, but with this simple recipe, you may want to make it in the spring and summer, too.
If you’re sick of the same old tomato-based chili, try this white chicken chili instead. With a creamy base made from cream cheese and half and half, it combines the sweet flavors of corn with the spicy bites of jalapeno peppers. Top it with some avocado for extra goodness.
This butternut squash soup is the perfect “set it and forget it” recipe you need to try this weekend. Set it up to cook all day so by dinnertime you can enjoy a delicious meal without the work. Add a little pinch of cayenne for a spicy kick! By the way, we recommend taking the shortcut of buying pre-cut butternut squash. Slicing large squash is no easy task, and it can take a toll on even the most skilled chef. Just buy the pre-cut option if your grocery store has it available — we promise your soup won’t know the difference.
Our winter slow cooker recipes roundup wouldn’t be complete without a basic vegetable soup. This is one is a classic go-to, with all the old-fashioned flavor you want in a soup or stew. It includes potatoes, onions, carrots, and a bag of mixed veggies in addition to the beef, making it an extra filling and hearty dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. If you’ve wanted to make a simple beef and veggie soup but haven’t known where to start, this one’s for you. Pair it with crunchy bread for an undeniably delicious feast.
Did you know you can make meatballs in your slow cooker? This savory tomato basil chicken meatballs recipe shows you how to do it the right way. After the sauce has time to cook for a few hours and the flavors infuse, you’ll only need to cook the meatballs for an hour before they’re ready to enjoy.
Last but not least, we recommend trying this slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe the next time you’re craving Italian food. With loads of garlic, mushrooms, and red pepper flakes, it offers authentic flavors with less prep-time.