4 Surprising Dishes You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Meaty Lasagna

From a four-ingredient lasagna to an impressive restaurant-quality dessert, you won’t believe you can really make these in a Crock Pot. Ready to up your slow cooker game? These recipes will force you to rethink how you use your slow cooker, and introduce you to a few inspiring ideas you’ll be sure to come back to time and time again.

Sausage and Mushroom Barley Risotto in the slow cooker

Sausage & Mushroom Barley Risotto

Skip the excessive stirring and let your slow cooker do the work to bring this hearty risotto dish to the dinner table. You can cook the risotto on the weekend and keep it tucked in the refrigerator for a quick reheat on your busiest night of the week.

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Salted Caramel Pots de Creme in a slow cooker

Salted Caramel Pots de Creme

These custards start with an easy caramel sauce and are finished off with a short bath on the counter in a slow cooker. The addition of salt makes them feel more upscale, a guaranteed way to let your guests think you’re a fancy-pants gourmet.

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Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes Slow cooker

Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes

This recipe is a great way to feed a crowd (or a couple of teenagers) after a sleepover without breaking the bank or requiring hours of time spent stoveside. Set your slow cooker on a timer before you go to bed, and you’ll have a mostly fuss-free meal (just add some fried eggs and toast) ready to go in the morning.

For families who enjoy ‘breakfast for dinner,’ you can also prep this dish before work, leaving it to cook all day while you’re away. Round out the meal with some eggs and a fruit smoothie—we’re sure no one will complain!

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Slow Cooker Meaty Lasagna

Slow Cooker 4-Ingredient Meaty Lasagna

Once you know how beautifully lasagna works in the slow cooker, you may never use the oven again. Keeping a batch of Bolognese in the freezer at all times helps this dinner come together with just four simple ingredients and a few hours of time. Speaking of timing, this isn’t a meal that’s meant to be made while you’re at work, given the short cooking time, but it’s quite ideal for busy weekends when afternoon activities might keep you away from the house for a few hours.

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