11 Slow-Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm Your Body and Soul
The only thing better than a nearly effortless dinner is the smell of it simmering all day long.
18 Family-Friendly Slow-Cooker Recipes to Make for Dinner
There are days when you want to lose yourself in the kitchen, enjoying the hours spent standing over the stove. And then there are all of the other days of the year. When your calendar is packed -- or when you simply want a satisfying supper -- let your slow cooker handle dinner duties. These easy (and easy-to-clean-up) recipes prove that you can create flavor-packed, hearty meals with a little prep and the flip of a switch.
Loaded Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes
Here a baked potato dish provides enough sustenance to make a meal in itself. Start this in the morning.
Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
No barbecue sauce here! Smoky chipotle chiles in adobo set this pulled pork apart. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 402. It comes from our book, "One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More."
Classic Pot Roast for the Slow Cooker
For a classic pot roast—a tough cut of beef braised until succulent and tender—we start with a well-marbled chuck. Pair it with familiar carrots and potatoes and place in the slow cooker. This recipe comes from Martha's latest book "One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More."
Slow-Cooker White-Bean Soup
There's butternut squash, leeks, and spinach as well as white beans in this hearty, rich, and flavorful vegetarian soup. It's a recipe that proves the slow cooker is as well suited to vegetable recipes as to big pieces of meat.
You can make this beef stew in the oven or a slow cooker. Either way, in two simple steps, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal.
Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Buns
Yes, you can "bake" cinnamon buns in a slow cooker! The machine seals in moisture, making these breakfast treats even more gooey and delicious. The drizzly vanilla glaze doesn't hurt, either. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).