Make-Ahead Crock Pot Dinners

October 23, 2012

Speed up dinner by slowing things down with some of our favorite slow cooker recipes.

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

A slow cooker does the cooking while you work, play or do as you please. Before you know it, the meal’s done, and you didn’t have to spend any time minding the stove.

Choose a one-dish meal or slow cooker soup for a complete supper solution. Or prepare a “big batch” recipe such as our Slow-Cooker Spice Rubbed Pork. If you have leftovers, we recommend refrigerating the food in the slow cooker insert to avoid dirtying (and washing) an extra container. Then reheat some or all of it on the stovetop or microwave. That’s dinner, done.

—By Nicki Pendleton Wood


Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and barley take this comforting soup back to the basics.


Crock Pot Posole

Chilly weather begs for a warmer-upper at dinner—a savory Mexican pork stew simmering in a slow cooker for hours fits the bill to perfection.


Chipotle Brisket with Sweet Potatoes

This slow-cooker dish produces a fork-tender spicy brisket.


White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard and Gruyere Croutons

Feathery fennel, leeks and smoky ham punch up the flavor of this slow-cooker soup.


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