12 Slow Cooker Dinners for When It’s Too Cold to Leave the House

updated Jan 18, 2022
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Like clockwork, it’s that time of winter when my plans involve a whole lot of staying in to watch Netflix and cozy up with a stack of books — and as little time bundling up to go out as possible. It’s also the time when slow cooker comfort food dominates my meal plan. Everything from soup and chili to hearty meats and and creamy classics, these are the best slow cooker dinners to get you through the coldest time of the year.

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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Slow cooker baked ziti is just like the traditional casserole with tender noodles swimming in marinara & mixed with a double dose of gooey, melted cheese.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Here, tender chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce are crowned with pillowy dumplings, and it's all cooked in a slow cooker.
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The Best Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast
This 5-ingredient, shortcut slow cooker recipe is going to completely change how you think about pot roast.
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mapo Tofu
Typically made with ground pork, this plant-based version swaps in shiitake mushrooms for a lighter dinner option with just as much umami flavor.
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Slow Cooker Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
The slow cooker yields tender, fall-off-the-bone short ribs swimming in a savory broth, made deeper and richer thanks to several glugs of Cabernet.
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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili
One bite into this ultra-hearty slow cooker chili and you just might question if it's really vegan after all.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ragù
A bed of buttery mashed potatoes is just right for cradling these homestyle chicken thighs in a tomato- and bacon-rich sauce.
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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
This slow cooker recipe make you fall in love with the bean and pasta Italians know best.
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Slow Cooker Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese
In this "meaty" vegetarian alternative to classic bolognese, baby bella mushrooms and protein-packed green lentils stand in for ground beef.
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Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese
Chili meets mac in cheese in this hearty and satisfying mashup.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
In this beef stroganoff, hearty pieces of inexpensive beef cook alongside mushrooms, onion, and broth in the slow cooker.
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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
This easy slow cooker lasagna soup is everything you love about the classic Italian casserole, but it's so much easier to make.
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