14 easy slow-cooker recipes

Set your slow cooker in the morning and come home to inspired stews and more

Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy

Photo by Yunhee Kim; written by Stephanie Spencer

Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy

Delicious with cheesy mashed potatoes and a green salad, this dish is special enough for guests, but homey enough for Sunday dinners with the family.

Recipe: Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy

Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

Photo by Yunhee Kim; written by Stephanie Spencer

Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

Make a big pot of this easy vegetarian dish for a hassle-free dinner or side. There’s no need to soak the beans beforehand; they cook up tender straight from the package.

Recipe: Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

Slow cooker lamb shanks with artichoke caponata atop creamy polenta.

James Carrier; Kim Konecny

Lamb Shanks with Artichoke Caponata

First baking the lamb shanks then adding them to the slow cooker with the caponata ensures both a golden exterior and juicy, flavorful center.

Recipe:  Lamb Shanks with Artichoke Caponata

Hearty slow cooker meal of beef stew with mushrooms served over mashed potatoes.

James Carrier

Slow-braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms  

Beef short ribs develop a rich, succulent flavor thanks to a combination of Asian flavors like soy sauce and ginger with red wine and zest of orange. Serve atop mashed potatoes for a satisfying comfort meal.

Recipe:  Slow-braised Beef with Mushrooms

Mexican braised beef with salsa verde made using a slow cooker.

Leigh Beisch; Merilee Bordin

Salsa Verde Braised Pork

We like a reader's suggestion of pairing this Mexican-style braised pork with our chipotle coleslaw recipe. Add a little rice to fill out the meal, or pile the pork and slaw on tortillas for a scrumptious south-of-the-border dinner.

Recipe:  Salsa Verde Braised Pork

Sweet glazed carrots with green olives made in a slow cooker.

Christina Schmidhofer

Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

Garlic, green olives, thyme, and parsley turn everyday carrots into an elegant side dish.

Recipe:  Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

Hot pastrami sandwiches made using a slow cooker.

Lisa Romerein; Valerie Aikman-Smith

Hot Pastrami Sandwiches

When you're at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, the best thing to order between innings is the piled-high Fairfax sandwich made by Canter's Deli. This is our version.

Recipe:  Hot Pastrami Sandwiches

A plate of merlot pot roast made using a slow cooker, with horseradish mashed potatoes on the side.

James Carrier

Merlot Pot Roast with Horseradish Smashed Potatoes

A mound of horseradish-laced mashed potatoes adds a little heat to this cold-weather classic.

Recipe:  Merlot Pot Roast with Horseradish Smashed Potatoes

A bowl of slow cooer turkey thing and hominy chili.

James Carrier; Kim Konecny

Turkey Thigh and Hominy Chili

Budget-friendly turkey thighs add loads of flavor without much fat, while sweet hominy and spicy jalapeño round out the taste of this southwest chili.

Recipe:  Turkey Thigh and Hominy Chili

Slow cooker spicy shredded beef on bread looks like a Mexican sloppy joe.

David Prince

Spicy Shredded Beef

A little like a Mexican sloppy Joe, this juicy dish is best sandwiched in crusty French rolls and topped with shredded cabbage, red onion, sliced tomato, cilantro, and sour cream.

Recipe:  Spicy Shredded Beef

A platter of slow cooker brasied pork with lemon and sage sauce.

David Prince

Braised Pork with Lemon and Sage

The traditional Italian method used for this dish is one of the most succulent ways to cook pork. Serve with polenta and a green salad.

Recipe:  Braised Pork with Lemon and Sage

A bowl of slow cooker prepared Moroccan vegetable stew with couscous and yogurt.

Karen Steffens

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stew gets a boost from almonds, spices, and currants in this eastern-influenced meal. Pair with warm couscous and a spoonful of yogurt.

Recipe:  Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Caramel Pear and Cranberry Pudding Cake

Photo by Yunhee Kim; written by Stephanie Spencer

Caramel Pear and Cranberry Pudding Cake

Imagine ending a dinner party with a warm, gooey dessert that has caramelized edges, like upside-down cake. Then imagine putting it together in 10 minutes and keeping your oven free while it cooks, and you’ve got the idea here.

Recipe: Caramel Pear and Cranberry Pudding Cake

Mulled Pomegranate Red Wine Punch

Photo by Yunhee Kim; written by Stephanie Spencer

Mulled Pomegranate Red Wine Punch

When your stove is full, use a slow-cooker to simmer this tangy, aromatic mulled wine, and let guests serve themselves.

Recipe: Mulled Pomegranate Red Wine Punch

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