3 Super Easy & Convenient Dump-and-Go Crock Pot Meals

Leanne's Life
by Leanne's Life

I have three dump-and-go crock pot meals for you! I’ll show you recipes for potato soup, lasagna soup, and Italian sausage and peppers. Dump-and-go crock pot recipes are super easy and convenient. All you have to do is dump in the ingredients and walk away.

These dump-and-go crock pot meals are great for any day of the week. For busy weeknights, just put everything in the crock pot in the morning, cook on low and slow all day, and when you get home, your meal is ready and waiting for you.

On the weekends, this is perfect. Do your cleaning and errands and boom, your dinner is ready for you. This is the best way to cook for busy people.

Lasagne soup recipe

Lasagne soup ingredients

Lasagne soup ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of lasagne noodles
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • Crock pot or stock pot
Chopping garlic and onion

1. Chop garlic and onion

Mince garlic and chop onion

Adding ground beef to the crock pot

2. Add ground beef

Put your ground beef into the crock pot. Break it up with a wooden spoon.

Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning

3. Seasonings

Add the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning over the beef.

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4. Onion and garlic

Add in the chopped onion and garlic.

Adding chicken broth

5. Broth

Pour in four cups of chicken broth.

Adding marinara sauce into the soup

6. Marinara

Add the jar of marinara sauce.

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7. Mix it up

Mix it up and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Breaking up lasagna noodles

8. Break up lasagna noodles

Break up lasagne noodles so you can add them at the end of the cooking time. 

Adding noodles to the pot

9. Add noodles

Add them into the pot after 4 to 6 hours or 7-8 hours. To cook the noodles, set the crock pot on low for about 25 more minutes until the noodles are soft. 

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10. Serve hot

Serve hot and top with your choice of cheese.  

Potato soup

Potato soup ingredients

Potato soup ingredients

(This makes 8 to 10 servings but in the photos, I am making half the amount.)

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes – diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 medium/large onion – diced
  • 10 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Optional: bacon, shredded cheese, and green onion
Dicing potatoes

1. Dice potatoes

Dice potatoes with the skin still on them.

Chopping up an onion

2. Chop onion

Dice up a large onion. 

Garlic cloves

3. Dice garlic

Dice up the garlic cloves.

Putting potatoes in the crock pot

4. Put potatoes in a pot

Take potatoes and put them in the crock pot along with the four cups of chicken broth. 

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5. Add onions and garlic

Pour in your diced onions and garlic on top of the potatoes. Add salt. Add some pinches of pepper.

Stirring everything together

6. Stir

Mix it all together. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours. 

Chopping up bacon

7. Chop bacon

Chop up a few strips of bacon. It’ll be the topping for the potato soup

Shredding cheese and green onions

8. Shred cheese and green onions

Next, I’ll shred cheese for the topping and also green onions.

Adding cream cheese to the crock pot

9. Add cream cheese

Put a brick of cream cheese into the crock pot right on top. Break it up a bit with a spoon.

Blending the mixture in a pot

10. Blend in pot

Use an immersion blender or hand mixer to mix it all together until it’s creamy.

Adding toppings to the soup

11. Add toppings

After you’ve mixed it all and it’s creamy, serve right away with toppings.

Italian sausage and peppers

Italian sausage and peppers ingredients


  • Italian sausage links (mild or hot if you like that)
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large green onion sliced into strips
  • 1 large onion sliced into strips
Chopped up green peppers

1. Chop vegetables

All I did was chop green peppers and onions.

Preparing seasonings

2. Prepare the seasonings

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3. Put it together

All you do is put it all in the crock pot for a true dump-and-go meal. I’ll cook on low for 8 to 10 or high for 4 to 6 hours when I’m at work. It’ll be ready when I get home. 

4. Serve hot

Serve on a hogie bun or plain or over pasta. You can add sliced mozzarella cheese on top, too!

Tips for using a crock pot:

  • Sometimes I get a white film on the bottom of my crock pot even if it’s cleaned. White vinegar and baking soda wipes that away.  
  • Also, when a crock pot recipe calls for dairy, like milk or cream, add it at the end of the crock pot cooking time. If you cook dairy products for a long time, they will curdle and ruin your meal.
  • Prepare all your chopped vegetables the night before to save time.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about these easy dump-and-go slow cooker recipes. Let me know in the comments what you love to cook in the crock pot! I need more ideas because, in the wintertime, these are the perfect types of meals to cook.  

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  • Leanne's Life Leanne's Life on Oct 29, 2022

    You can remove the beans and either blend them or use a stick immersion blender and that will thicken up your soup

  • Betty Betty on Jun 09, 2024

    for the Italian sausage soup don't you dice up the saus