12 Casseroles and Slow-Cooker Favorites You'll Want to Eat All Winter
Slow-Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew
Need something to beef up dinner during that midweek slump? In this slow-cooker meal, beef simmers in a savory mixture of onion, garlic, tomato paste, and oregano while you're away and is ready for you to devour once you return home.
We never pass up the oppor-tuna-ty for seconds of this dish!
This casserole can be tailored to your family's taste. We chose ground beef, but you can use lamb or turkey. For a twist on this otherwise traditional cottage pie, we swapped mashed potatoes for a layer of golden-brown potato slices.
Chicken and Spinach Casserole
To save time on this one, we shredded a rotisserie supermarket chicken and tossed it together with sautéed spinach, torn bread, and a thick cream sauce. From there, it bakes and is ready in ten minutes.
Thick slices of eggplant provide the umami in this vegetarian dish.
Baked Polenta with Sausage and Artichoke Hearts
Here's a casserole to brighten your winter blues... for those days when you could use some color.
Homemade meatballs cooked in a tomato sauce give this dish extra flavor.
Tacos -- albeit a family favorite -- can take too long to prepare and serve. Let this casserole do all the work: Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder cook under a crunchy topping of tortilla chips and cheese.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Try this recipe for your next sit-down Sunday supper. Everything cooks in the same dish, which keeps cleanup to a minimum.
Slow-Cooker Cajun Stew
Chunks of smoky sausage, okra, and shrimp gives this stew all the flavor and texture it needs. Cayene pepper adds a kick -- but just a little one, so it's still kid-friendly.
Chicken and Kale Casserole
Dark leafy greens make a crunchy, earthy addition to casseroles. In this recipe, bunches of kale are cooked with large pasta shells and shredded chicken for a well-rounded winter meal.
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
This hearty feast is so delicious and easy that you'll want to make it throughout the year, not just on St. Patrick's Day. All of your favorite ingredients for this traditional dish -- corned beef brisket, savoy cabbage, small potatoes -- cook in the same dish. Serve with a drizzle of grainy mustard.