4 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes That My Family Is Loving

Kristin Stepp
by Kristin Stepp

I will be sharing four delicious, easy, slow cooker recipes that were all new to us.

Every one of them has become a new favorite! Try these recipes for easy family dinners that you'll all love.

Ingredients for Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup

1. Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup

The first thing I did was cook a pound of ground beef. I always like to season mine halfway through the cooking time with some onion, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

Once it's fully cooked, if you see a lot of excess grease, drain that off.

I got that added to the bottom of my crockpot, and then I grabbed a couple of stalks of celery and peeled a couple of carrots.

Making Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup

I washed them well, and I diced all of that up, and threw that on top of the ground beef.

The recipe calls for a whole onion to be diced and added. Next, I'll grab a can of northern beans and a can of red kidney beans, rinse, and drain those. You'll also need a can of diced tomatoes. I love the red gold chili-ready ones.

You'll also need a can or a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. You'll also need some beef broth. I'm measuring out three cups.

You can use a lower sodium version if you want to. I just went with a regular.

Making Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup

You'll also need some oregano.

The recipe calls for two teaspoons, but I was at the bottom of this jar and just wanted to finish it off, so it was maybe a little bit more.

I'll also add in some dried parsley, and then I'll season it pretty heavily with some black pepper and salt. I'll stir that well so all the seasonings aren't floating on top.

Making Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup
Olive Garden copycat pasta e fagioli soup

I'll put my lid on, then I cook mine on high for four hours. This is something that you can set on low and cook all day, making it perfect if you work outside of the house.

About 30 minutes before your cooking time, you'll want to add one cup of ditalini pasta. As you can see, this is such a beautiful soup. It is fully loaded.

We topped our bowls with some freshly shredded Parmesan cheese and served it with a side of garlic Texas toast, which is the perfect thing to go with this.

Ingredients for cheesy hash brown casserole

2. Cheesy hash brown casserole

Next up, I made a cheesy hash brown casserole with smoked sausage.

I know this recipe has been around for a long time, but this was my first time doing it. I started by spraying my crockpot with some Pam cooking spray, and I'd dump out this whole 32-ounce bag of frozen diced hash browns.

Making cheesy hash brown casserole

I partially thawed them and seasoned the potatoes.

I just added salt, black pepper, and onion powder. I have my package of smoked sausage. There are so many variations out there. I typically buy what is on sale, but I will thinly slice it up and cut it into little half circles.

I put those on top of the potatoes. Then I shredded an 8-ounce block of some sharp cheddar cheese.

Making cheesy hash brown casserole

I used about a cup of that and added that to the sausage.

Next, I will grab a can of cream of chicken soup. I'm going to dump that out into a large measuring cup. I'll fill that can up with some milk. I'm using 2% and adding that in with the cream of chicken.

I'll mix those two ingredients well until it is nice and smooth. I poured that over everything, and I'll fold everything together.

Making cheesy hash brown casserole

I found it easiest to do that with a spatula.

Lastly, I've just sprinkled the remaining half cup of cheese over the top. Then I placed the lid on and set mine on high. It took about two and a half hours for me. This is so creamy and cheesy.

Cheesy hash brown casserole

I topped mine with parsley to give it a little color, and I served it with steamed broccoli with some butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. This meal was delicious.

Ingredients for honey garlic chicken thighs

3. Honey garlic chicken thighs

This has very few ingredients and is incredible.

Making honey garlic chicken thighs

You'll need some boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

I have six big pieces of chicken thighs, so I'll dump all of that into the bottom of my crockpot and get that spread out better.

Making honey garlic chicken thighs

Next, I'll make the sauce that gets poured over the top.

I'll measure out a third cup of low-sodium soy sauce, a third cup of ketchup, and a third cup of honey.

I'll also add two big tablespoonfuls of minced garlic. You could do fresh minced garlic if you wanted to. Lastly, I added a small splash of apple cider vinegar, and I got that mixed well.

Making honey garlic chicken thighs

You want to make sure to get that honey combined evenly. I poured that all over the top of the chicken.

I put on my lid, then cooked it on high, and it only took two hours. I checked it with a meat thermometer, and it was perfect. You could do it on low for four to five hours if you need a longer cooking time.

I added a cornstarch slurry mixed with two tablespoons of cornstarch and two tablespoons of cold water. I placed the lid back on and let it cook on high for 15 minutes.

Honey garlic chicken thighs

I served this over some white rice.

Ingredients for buffalo chicken sandwiches

4. Buffalo chicken sandwiches

I know this is probably the most basic crockpot recipe out there. I have done variations of this. I threw a whole family-size pack of chicken tenderloins in the bottom.

Making buffalo chicken sandwiches

I covered it with a packet of ranch seasoning mix and drizzled on some buffalo sauce.

I wanted to cover the tops because I knew I could add more later if needed. I didn't want to make it overly spicy for my family.

Making buffalo chicken sandwiches

So, I gave that a quick mix, and again, I will cook it on high for two hours.

Once it was done, I shredded it with two forks, tossed it in a couple of tablespoons of butter, and mixed it to let it melt. That bit of butter did make a difference in the flavor.

Making buffalo chicken sandwiches

So, there you have it. It's not pretty, it looks plain Jane and boring, but it is so good.

Buffalo chicken sandwiches

I served it on some buttered and toasted buns, topped it with some cheese, and served it with ranch dressing on the side.

You could use this in pasta dishes, or you could do quesadilla wraps, or you could even make it over some baked potatoes. This was an epic buffalo chicken sandwich, and I just served it with some fries that I cooked up in the air fryer.

Easy slow cooker recipes

I was thrilled with all the easy slow cooker recipes I tried. What is your favorite easy slow cooker recipe? Share in the comments below.

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