10 Fall Classics to Make in the Slow Cooker

10 Fall Classics to Make in the Slow Cooker

Kelli Foster
Nov 27, 2018
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When it comes to my personal meal plan, you can count on one thing: it will involve the slow cooker at least once a week all year long. The slow cooker is a constant and unbelievably helpful presence in my kitchen. I use it for everything and anything, but come the cold days of fall there are certain classics, like hearty beef chili and pumpkin spice oats, that I absolutely cannot pass up. And you shouldn't either.

1. Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage

This dinner is just like the Thanksgiving stuffing you love so much, but with a little extra oomph and veggies to make it meal-worthy.

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2. Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

This hearty tomato soup starts with dried pinto beans, which means it calls for an all-day cook (always a win!). It's best to cook the pasta separately, so it doesn't soak up too much of the broth or get soggy.

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3. How To Make Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

A big batch of applesauce is always my first order of business after apple picking, and then again with late-season apples from the farmers market.

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4. Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

I've had this oatmeal on repeat since October and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. It's the most satisfying way to get my pumpkin spice fix, and there's a lot to love about a breakfast that cooks all night and is waiting for me when I wake up.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This soup is a nostalgic classic that is not to be skipped this season. Long-cooking wild rice is the perfect candidate for the slow cooker.

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6. Slow Cooker Pork and Cider Stew

Pork and apples are a quintessential fall duo, and this ultra-savory stew with a hint of sweet tang is my favorite way to bring it to the table. I love that it's heavy on the sauce — use a chunk of fresh bread to soak it all up.

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7. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

There are few meals quite as comforting as chicken soup. This version, while it requires ample time, is quite easy and packed with flavor. Rice or egg noodles make a nice addition and are best cooked separately.

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8. Slow Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew by Giada De Laurentiis

If you're at a loss for what to do with that winter squash sitting on your counter (this also works with butternut squash or pumpkin), make this hearty stew once and it's likely to become a new favorite.

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9. How To Cook Simple & Tasty Slow Cooker Chili

Come fall, beef chili simmered all day in the slow cooker is a must. By now I've made it enough times that I've got plenty of leftovers stocked in the freezer for the cold nights to come.

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10. How To Make Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

If you haven't made mashed potatoes in your slow cooker, let this month be the time it finally happens. Just wait until you see how easy it is.

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