The best thing about a slow cooker is dumping everything in, leaving for work, and then coming home to dinner already done.
There’s a ~little bit of prep~ in the morning — chopping and then adding everything to the pot — but it’s all worth it for a more relaxing post-work evening.
I love a soup that wears a cheese blanket. Give the onions a quick sauté before letting them get stewy and delicious in the slow cooker. Then, ladle into serving bowls and melt the cheese with the broiler. Get the recipe here.
The saucy chicken cooks all day, then the beans, broccoli rabe, and pepper go in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Just enough time to pour a glass of wine and fit in a quick episode of TV. Get the recipe here.
It still amazes me that you can stick a piece of pork in a slow cooker, leave for work, and come home to meltingly tender pork. Serve these carnitas, aka braised pork, with cilantro, chopped white onions, tortillas, and a hefty dollop of guacamole. Get the recipe here.
Lasagna made in a slow cooker! WHAAAAAT?! The key to this keeping this vegetarian lasagna from getting too soupy and mushy is letting the noodles soak up the liquid for an hour after the heat’s off. Get the recipe here.
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