The Season's Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

Beat the fall chill with a warm meal that's ready the moment you arrive home at night. Here are 21 must-try recipes, from pot roast to fruit-filled desserts.


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1/22
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

    This classic French dish of chicken stewed with wine becomes so easy when made in a slow cooker.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  5 to 6 hours on (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours on (high)
2/22
Italian Pot Roast

    Traditional pot roast and carrots are simmered in tomato sauce and served over penne pasta.

Serving size: 4 servings + reserves
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  9 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4.5-5 hours (high)
3/22
Greek Lamb with Spinach and Artichokes

    Serve this slow-cooked lamb medley over hot-cooked orzo, and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.

Makes: 6 servings
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
4/22
Ale-Sauced Pork Ribs and Vegetables

    Pork ribs simmer with dark beer, potatoes, carrots, and radishes to create this delicious dinner. Garlic and fresh rosemary adds delicious flavor, while lemon peel brightens the dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 4 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
5/22
Big-Batch Puttanesca Sauce

    Featuring plump shrimp, tangy kalamata olives, capers, and Parmesan cheese, this tomato sauce will keep up to three days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer. You can serve it over pasta or rice.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 servings and 5-1/2 cups
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
6/22
Vegetable Casserole

    Two kinds of beans, polenta, spinach, tomato, radicchio, and Italian cheese simmers with garlic and basil-pesto to create this delicious vegetarian dish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 to 2-1/2 hours (high)
Stand   5 mins 
7/22
French Chicken Stew

    Tender chicken, herbs, and fresh vegetables make this slow-cooker dish a surefire crowd pleaser; time-saving ingredients such as premade pasta sauce make preparation a snap.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
8/22
Orange-Spiced Corned Beef with Dried Fruit

    Mixed dried fruit, cranberries, orange juice, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg give plain-Jane corned beef a lively twist you'll love.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
9/22
Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Curry

    Taste a spoonful of this colorful curry and you'll discover an exquisite combination of spices -- curry powder, coriander, crushed red pepper, and cinnamon.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
Stand   5 mins 
10/22
Fennel-and-Pear Chicken Thighs

    The licoricelike flavor of fennel makes a serendipitous match with pears. Because the fruit is dried rather than fresh, you can make this dish any time of year.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high)
11/22
Smashed Potato Soup

    Potatoes blended with cheddar cheese, cream, and roasted garlic make this chunky soup good to the last spoonful.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4-5 hours (high)
12/22
Chicken Curry

    Sweetness from raisins and peanuts balance spicy curry in this mouthwatering dish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
Cook   30 mins 
13/22
Southwest Pork Chops

    Seasoned chili beans and bottled salsa make this pork chop dish quick and easy to make.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  5 hrs 30 mins 
14/22
Slow-Cooked Minestrone

    Ground beef turns this vegetable soup into a satisfying meal. Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese makes the perfect topper

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 9 hrs (low) or 4 hours (high)