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Prep These Slow Cooker Recipes and Come Home to a Hot Meal

Lasagna soup topped with sour cream, a plate of chicken and gravy with corn and stuffing, and a platter of Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil with small ears of corn.
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After a long day at the office or outside breathing in that crisp autumn air, there’s nothing better than chowing down on a hot, hearty meal. And if it’s ready as soon as you walk in the door? Even better! These eight slow cooker meals are the perfect way to establish a new fall and winter dinner routine.

Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

A closeup view of creamy tortellini soup in a ladle.
Cafe Delites

Cheese-filled tortellini is just one of those things that people love to sink their teeth into. This creamy soup provides all the delicious flavors of fresh veggies, seasonings, and Italian sausage.

This is one of those recipes that allows you to just dump most of the ingredients in your Crock-Pot and walk away for hours. Then, you just add a few more to finish things off, and poof! Dinner is served!

This recipe doesn’t call for flour or cream, but you can absolutely substitute them for extra creaminess.

Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

A black bowl filled with chicken and mushroom stroganoff.
The Recipe Critic

If soup isn’t your thing, try this outstanding chicken stroganoff. In under five minutes, you’ll have all the ingredients in your Crock-Pot, and presto! Dinner is on its way.

This recipe calls for a can of cream of chicken, which tastes great, but if you have the time and would rather make your own, Alyssa over at The Recipe Critic has an excellent recipe for that, too.

Sausage and Peppers

Three hoagies filled with sausage and peppers in a red sauce.
Delish

Sausage and peppers can be prepared in under 10 minutes, plus the recipe is so versatile. They taste lovely on hot and toasty hoagie rolls, but you can also serve them on pasta if you add a little extra sauce.

This lazy-day meal is perfect when you’ve got other things to take care of, and it’s one the whole family will love. Don’t forget to add some mozzarella cheese for a bit of extra flavor and flair.

Ham and Cheese Soup

A closeup view of a ladle filled with creamy ham and cheese soup.
The Gunny Sack

If you’ve got little kiddos who love a classic ham and cheese sandwich, then they’ll probably adore this soup, as well. The hearty and tasty flavors come together really nice and easy.

Between the ham, cheese, and potatoes, you’ll have a bite full of delicious flavor. Rather than using a traditional roux as a thickening agent, this recipe calls for instant mashed potatoes (clever, no?) and they work perfectly!

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew

A bowl of creamy garlic parmesan stew with crusty warm bread.
The Recipe Rebel

According to the author of this recipe, you might love this stew so much, it’ll become your new favorite cold-weather comfort meal. The recipe calls for lots of veggies, including carrots, onion, celery, and potatoes, but broccoli and mushrooms will work, too.

This stew has a bit more liquid than most, but that just gives you more opportunities to soak and sop your crusty bread in it. The whole family will enjoy warming their bellies with this easy, tasty meal.

Easy Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

Shrimp boil placed on newspaper with a few cold beers and melted butter on the side.
Damn Delicious

Seafood is usually most popular during the summer, but shrimp is one of those frozen shellfishes that tastes great year-round.

Your Crock-Pot or Instant Pot will do most of the work after you throw in your shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes. Don’t forget the melted butter and a cold beer! Everyone will definitely want seconds of this delicious meal.

Chicken and Gravy

A plate filled with chicken and gravy on top of a slice of bread, with a side of corn and stuffing.
The Magical Slow Cooker

This classic meal is a real crowd-pleaser and oh, so easy to throw together. With just five ingredients and a few hours in your slow cooker, you’ll have a filling dinner for the whole family.

Just throw it on a pile of hot mashed potatoes or a slice of bread and serve with corn.

Lasagna Soup

Two bowls of lasagna soup with garlic bread on the side.
Damn Delicious

We’ll finish things off with a twist on a popular pasta dish. If you enjoy the delicious simplicity of lasagna, then you’ll adore this special soup. With minimal effort, you’ll end up with a meal that provides tremendous flavor.

According to the author of this recipe, your home will smell like heaven after you let this meal cook low and slow for seven to eight hours. Enjoy it with a side salad and some garlic bread.


Nothing beats coming home to a warm, hearty meal—especially when it’s chilly outside. These delicious recipes are sure to satisfy. And why stop here? There are tons more slow-cooker recipes where these came from.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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