Top Slow Cooker Recipes – Easy To Make

The slow cooker has fast become the must have kitchen gadget. Along with many other benefits, one of the best things about this appliance is that you are able to create some delicious meals with very little effort on your part. From cuisines from different cultures to British classics, you can use a slow cooker to make virtually anything.

If you have yet to experience the benefits that the slow cooker has to offer, then we are here to help. We have compiled a list of some of the biggest advantages of slow cooking so that you can see for yourself why this appliance is essential to the modern kitchen. Let’s take a look.

  • Deeper Flavours – When you cook a meal from scratch, the ultimate goal is to create the best flavour combinations possible. Nobody wants to eat a bland meal, especially one that is known for being packed full of flavour. One of the best things about a slow cooker is that the extra cooking time gives herbs and spices a chance to really penetrate the dish, creating a much fuller flavour.
  • Tender Meat – When you use a stove top to cook a meat based dish, one of the risks that you run is the meat being tough. This usually happens when the heat is too high and the meat is cooked too quickly. When you use a slow cooker, the heat is very low and the meat will be cooked over a matter of hours. The fibres break down and the end result is incredibly tender meat.
  • Cook Overnight – One of the problems that a lot of people have these days is not having enough time to cook healthy meals from scratch. A slow cooker allows you to cook your meals overnight so they are ready for the next day. This is perfect for working families who want to benefit from home cooked food.

Of course, in order to really benefit from having a slow cooker in your kitchen, you are going to want to make sure that you have a number of easy recipes to hand. All of the recipes below are designed with the novice chef in mind. They are easy to prepare with cheap ingredients and taste fantastic, as well as being very healthy. Below you will find a list of recipes to get you started.

Easy Recipes

To start you off, we want to show you some easy slow cooker recipes. These are family favourites that anyone can make with a little know how.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 500g Minced Beef
  • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp of Tomato Puree
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 3-4 Medium White Mushrooms
  • Handful of Fresh Basil

Whilst everyone will have a different method and recipe for spaghetti Bolognese, we have found that this one works particularly well in a slow cooker. Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

  1. Set your slow cooker to a low to medium heat.
  2. Place the minced beef into the crock pot.
  3. Finely chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Chop the mushrooms to your preference. Add all of the vegetables to your pot.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes.
  5. Add the tomato puree.
  6. Cook for at least 4 hours and add the basil at the end of the cooking process.

If your Bolognese is cooking on a low heat then it should be ready within 6 hours. Once it is ready, simply serve it with some cooked spaghetti pasta and grated parmesan on top with garlic bread on the side. This is an Italian favourite that the whole family will absolutely love.

Basic Chicken Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 Diced Chicken Breast
  • 1 White Onion
  • Vegetables of your Choice
  • 1tbsp of Curry Powder (Heat of your Choice)
  • Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp of Tomato Puree
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Handful of Chopped Coriander

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Add the chicken and onion to the pot and turn the heat to low or medium.
  2. Add the curry powder and mix well.
  3. Add the finely chopped garlic.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree.
  5. Cook on a low or medium heat for roughly 6 hours and then add the chopped coriander.

Serve with boiled rice and naan bread.

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

  • 500g Minced Beef
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Red Chilli Pepper
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 1tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Tin of Kidney Beans
  • Handful of Fresh Chopped Coriander

Here are the instructions for cooking this meal in your slow cooker:

  1. Turn the heat of your slow cooker to low or medium and add the minced beef, onion, finely chopped chilli pepper and finely chopped garlic clove.
  2. Add all of the spices and stir in well.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree.
  4. Add the kidney beans.
  5. Cook for around 6 hours.

The great thing about this dish is that it can be used for many other dishes. For example, you can use the chilli mix to make burritos or tacos. Alternatively, you can just serve it with a jacket potato and cheese or even boiled rice and cheese. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Now that we have given you some easy recipes to get you started with your slow cooker, it’s time to move on to some more complex dishes. These dishes are still easy to follow, but may take a little more work in some cases.

Mexican Spicy Chicken Recipe

Mexican dishes have become so popular lately in the UK. They are incredibly popular in the US where there are hundreds of Mexican fast food

joints but the UK is only now catching on. However, it is entirely possible to whip up some delicious Mexican dishes at home with your slow cooker. One dish that you should definitely try is this Mexican Spicy Chicken. Here is the recipe that you will need.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Diced Chicken Breast
  • Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Honey
  • 1 Finely Chopped Chilli Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 1tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Juiced Lime
  • Handful of Fresh Coriander

Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

  1. Turn the slow cooker on to a low heat.
  2. Add the chicken, garlic, honey, chopped tomatoes, chilli pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, onion powder and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook for around 6 hours at which point the chicken can be shredded.
  4. Shred the chicken and mix properly into the sauce, adding the lime juice and the coriander.

This Mexican chicken dish goes great in tacos or tortillas along with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Fish Recipe

The great thing about fish is that it is not only very healthy and lean, but also incredibly versatile. Fish can be used with so many different cuisines and each time you will get something completely different. Using a slow cooker for fish dishes is great because it keeps it tender and is less likely to dry it out. If you want to try something a little different with cod, then this fish taco slow cooker recipe is a great idea. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Diced Cod
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 Onion
  • Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Stock
  • Tsp of Cumin
  • Sprinkle of Salt

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Turn the slow cooker to a low heat.
  2. Add the onion, red pepper, chilli pepper, chopped tomatoes, stock, cumin and salt.
  3. Cook on a low heat for around 6 hours.
  4. 15-20 minutes before the 6 hours are up, add the cubed cod pieces.

Once the cooking process is complete, serve the mixture in crispy taco shells with guacamole, salsa and sour cream and garnish with fresh coriander.

Italian Pasta Bake Recipe

Everyone loves an Italian dish and there are many family favourites that can be made in a slow cooker. If you want a filling yet healthy dish that you are able to cook overnight, then a great idea is to use your slow cooker to cook an Italian pasta bake. This chicken and broccoli bake is a fantastic choice that will keep the whole family happy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Diced Chicken Breast
  • 1 Jar of Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • Handful of Grated Parmesan
  • Handful of Grated Mozzarella
  • Handful of Fresh Basil
  • 1 Bag of Dried Fusilli Pasta

Here is the method that you will need to follow:

  1. Add the chicken breast and pasta sauce and cook on a low heat for 6 hours.
  2. Add the broccoli and half of the basil and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  3. Whilst the broccoli is cooking, boil a pan and cook the pasta until it is al dente.
  4. Once the pasta has reached this stage, simply mix it into the mixture in the slow cooker.
  5. Sprinkle over the parmesan and the mozzarella and add the basil on top of the cheese.
  6. Once the cheese has melted, you are ready to serve your pasta bake.

This pasta bake is delicious either on its’ own or served with garlic bread and a fresh salad.

Sponge Cake Recipe

Home baking is so much better than shop bought; this is something that we can all agree on. However, most people find that they simply don’t have the time to dedicate to baking from scratch at home. However, if you have a slow cooker, then you can definitely enjoy homemade cakes. Below you will find a very simple slow cooker recipe for a sponge cake.

Ingredients:

  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 150g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1tbsp Milk

Here is the method that you will need to follow:

  1. Set your slow cooker to a high heat.
  2. Grease the slow cooker pot and add your cake tin to your pot which should also be greased.
  3. Mix together all of your ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. When mixed together well, simply add the mixture to your cake tin inside of the slow cooker pot.
  5. Use a tea towel to go underneath the lid so that moisture doesn’t affect the cake.
  6. Cook for around 1 hour and 30 minutes – 2 hours.
  7. Once the cake is ready, simply place it on a cooling rack.

Once your sponge cake has cooled fully, you are able to decorate and fill it however you please. You can enjoy homemade cake with half of the work required.

Chinese Recipe

Chinese food is among some of the most popular takeaway food in the UK. However, it is perfectly possible to create some delicious Chinese dishes from home with the help of your slow cooker. The longer cooking times really allow the flavours to develop, especially if you cook your dish on a low heat. Here is a great recipe for Chinese beef that everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Diced Beef
  • Handful of Mushrooms
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 1 Red Chili Pepper
  • 1cm Piece of Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1tsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1 Cup Beef Stock

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Add the diced beef to the crock pot and turn the slow cooker to a low heat.
  2. Add the mushrooms, spring onions, chili, ginger and garlic and mix well.
  3. Add the stock and Chinese 5 spice and leave to cook for 6-8 hours.

Once the dish is cooked through, you can serve it with either rice or noodles for a delicious Chinese dish.

Easy Soup Recipes

Soup is a great dish for the whole family, especially those needing a packed lunch for work or school. It is especially good for those cold winter days. The great thing about soup is that there are so many different flavor combinations that you can try. Here are a couple of suggestions for some easy soup recipes that you can make in your slow cooker.

Leek & Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Leek
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • Half a Stick of Celery
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Stock
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper

Here is the method that you will need to follow:

  • Set your slow cooker to a high heat.
  • Add the stock to your crock pot.
  • Peel the potatoes and dice them and finely chop the other vegetables and add to the stock along with salt and pepper.
  • Cook on a high heat for 4-6 hours.
  • Once you are ready to serve your soup, simply use a hand blender to get it to your desired consistency.

Serve with crusty bread and a swirl of crème fraiche on top.

Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Potatoes
  • Half a Stick of Celery
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • Handful of Garden Peas
  • Tin of Cannellini Beans
  • 1 Cup of Stock
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper

Here is the method that you will need to follow:

  1. Peel and prepare all of the vegetables. For the best results, finely dice all of them.
  2. Set your slow cooker to a high heat.
  3. Add the stock, vegetables and salt and pepper along with the cannellini beans.
  4. Cook on a high heat for 4 to 6 hours.

Once the soup is ready you can either blend it so that it has a smooth consistency or you can leave it thin with the diced vegetables for texture. This is a great soup for when you are under the weather.

As you can see, the slow cooker is an incredibly versatile appliance. You can cook dishes from all cultures and even enjoy home baking with a lot more convenience. This is why every kitchen absolutely needs a slow cooker.

 

 

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