10 Comfort Food Classics to Make in the Slow Cooker

10 Comfort Food Classics to Make in the Slow Cooker

Kelli Foster
Aug 14, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Your slow cooker is king of many things: tackling huge hunks of meat, potluck favorites, and meals that practically cook themselves while you work (or sleep!), to name a few. But don't forget about all of your favorite comfort foods! Because, yes, your slow cooker is the perfect tool for turning out one heck of a batch of meatballs or some ultra-creamy mac and cheese.

Need more convincing? Here are our 10 favorite comfort food classics to make in the slow cooker.

1. How To Make Mac and Cheese in the Slow Cooker

This recipe will please both camps of mac and cheese lovers! Served right away, the result is creamy and scoopable (like stovetop mac and cheese). But if you set the slow cooker to warm, the noodles soak up the sauce for a texture more akin to a baked, casserole-style mac and cheese.

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2. Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

This family favorite takes a worthwhile detour from classic lasagna and swaps the long noodles for a bag of frozen ravioli. Not only does it deliver the pasta and sauce you crave, but there's also a double dose of cheese and assembly is a total breeze.

3. The Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Remember that one big benefit of your slow cooker is that it makes cooking easy. Case in point? It doesn't get much easier than this saucy pulled pork. I recommend stashing the leftovers in the freezer for taco night.

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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Meatballs

If there's anything better than one comforting food, it's when you get a two-for-one mash-up. This chicken Parm-meets-meatball slow cooker supper is just waiting to get spooned over a bowl of spaghetti or stuffed into a sub roll.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This is one of those dishes that just gets better with time. Make it a day in advance and you won't be disappointed.

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6. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

This universally comforting soup does take some time, but it really couldn't be easier to pull together.

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7. Slow Cooker Brisket and Onions

Partnered with a mess of caramelized onions and ultra-rich broth, it doesn't get much better than this melt-in-your-mouth beef roast.

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8. Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuff the cabbage the night before, then fire up your slow cooker before leaving for work in the morning. You'll be greeted with a hearty dinner swimming in a sweet and tangy sauce when you get home.

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9. Slow Cooker Spinach-Artichoke Dip

This dip is a timeless classic and guaranteed party hit. Make it and serve it straight from your slow cooker.

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10. Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

We couldn't talk about comfort food without mentioning chocolate cake! This version is rich, gooey, and totally dreamy.

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