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Favorite Hearty Soups, Stews and Crock Pot Recipes by Larissa

by Larissa, posted to Food & Drink

The cold weather and message board post (If I broke into your house, held your cat at gunpoint and demanded your best crock pot recipe, what would it be?) inspired me to buy a crock pot and start this list. Here 's my round-up of tasty, yet healthy and 'skinny' crock pot recipes.

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Suggested by spankerator

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Turkey Albondigas Soup

Food Network invites you to try this Turkey Albondigas Soup recipe.

Had this for the first time the other day and want to make my own - so yummy, filling and not to fatty.

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Slow Cooker Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

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Made this over the weekend and it was delish, tasty and easy.

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Slow Cooked Chicken Taco Meat

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This healthy rendition by popular blogger The Fitnessista looks absolutely delicious.

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How to Slow Cook Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

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I've been on the hunt for a good slow cooked rib recipe.

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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

There are very few foods that feed a large crowd with little effort....more

Mmm, this one's spicy and delicious like Chipotle's babacoa

Glenn Smith: You're bringing leftovers in to the office tomorrow, i hope?

Mindy Douglas: My husband would love this.

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Quick and Easy Crockpot Roasted Chicken

I usually buy Rotisserie chickens for quick meals, but once I learned...more

Can you get the chicken this crispy and golden with a crock pot?? I must find out.

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Slow Cooked Bacon Cheese Potatoes

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I want this in my belly.

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Invaluable tips for us noobs!

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My sister's version of Zuppa Toscana

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If you like Olive Garden's zuppa, you'll just love this!

Larissa: This sounds yummy, but I think your site is down?? There was a server issue with our webhost last night. It's fixed now! :) Thanks Larissa! Hope you love the soup as much as we do!

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Alton Brown's Overnight Oatmeal

Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing...more

Make a batch one day and then reheat it for later breakfasts at work during the week - genius!

Kristl Story: Great idea to use the crock pot for breakfast!

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Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon

I've been making this for years and years. It's one of those never...more

One of my favorite French comfort foods, I think I'll finally acquire a crock pot just to make this recipe.

Fawnda Camarillo: This looks nom.

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Fennel and Tomato Soup

Fennel and tomato pair nicely for an Italian-style tomato soup. Save...more

A yummy, hearty, low-fat tomato soup with an extra spicy kick.

NikkiRoxx: I just made this recipe this week. I'm in love! Soooo good! I did add some fresh basil to it.

Larissa: That's so awesome Nikki, glad it turned out great. I'll make it this weekend, too :)

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Slow Cooker Korean Grass Fed Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Korean Grass Fed Short Ribs I recently bought Slow Cooker...more

I love korean short ribs, this recipes sounds delicious and healthy.

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How to Make Yogurt in a Crockpot

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Another great use for my crock pot - can't wait to try this one out. I've been thinking about buying a yogurt maker, but hesitant to buy yet another kitchen gadget.

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Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

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Making this one tonight, how good does this sound??

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Drip Beef, Two Ways

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A yummy recipe you can make the day before, then pop it in the fridge overnight.

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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

Super Easy crock pot recipe...just throw in a few ingredients and...more

These are great for a Super Bowl Party, Tailgate Party or Fiesta!

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The Classic Crockpot Dish: Marvelous Meatballs!

Every Superbowl Party needs a Crockpot dish, it's just the rule. Go with these meatballs, they are a for sure crowd pleaser.

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Tortilla Soup

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Light, spicy and full of flavor, this Mexican favorite is a great way to start off a dinner party, especially on cold winter weeknights. Your family and guests will all appreciate the layers of flavor and hints of spice in this dish!

Claudia: This looks great!

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Cochinita Pibil, The Easy Way

Traditional recipe from the Yucatan. Full of flavor and perfect for...more

Suggested by Spicie Foodie

Though it wasn't made in a crock pot, this is a perfect crock pot recipe. I've been wanting one so bad and this is the recipe I would break it in with :)

Larissa: One of my favorite dishes, thanks for adding!!!!

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Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

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I have some leftover flank that's perfect for this dish, can't wait to make it (I'm getting addicted to my slow cooker!!)

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Slow Baked Mac & Cheese in a Crock Pot


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Suggested by Krista

Reading this made my mouth water!

Claudia: Mouth is officially watering!

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Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

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Another one to try, comes highly recommended on my favorite cooking message board. Slow cooked shredded chicken with corn, tomatoes and black beans.

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Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker)

Suggested by Krista

Artisan bread in five minutes? I wonder if you feel like trying this and bringing it to work?

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Crock Pot Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)


Ha! Last weekend was a pho weekend for me, too and I checked in on...more

I'm usually too lazy to make beef pho, but will give it a whirl with the new crock pot - this recipe seems pretty straight-forward and authentic.

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Jamie Oliver's Dark, Sticky Lamb Stew

Roasted spring lamb is traditionally served at Easter and here on the...more

Recipe to try: This one sounds so easy and delish!

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Slow Cooker “Get-Outta-Gym” Minestrone Soup

December 19, 2011 by Bad Mama Genny

Suggested by Genevieve Charet

Just pile everything into the slow cooker and turn it on. And zap! Just like that I BLEW YOUR MINDS.

Larissa: Genevieve, love your recipes and blog - would love to see YOUR lists of favorite recipes, DIY condiments (beer mustard!!) -- can't wait!

Larissa: P.S. - I'm totally making this one!

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Chicken Sausage Gumbo

1 green pepper...more

Suggested by michele7962

½ tsp Dry Mustard ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper 2 bay leaves 2 cups chicken broth 2 cups tomato juice Layer all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve in a bowl with a generous scoop of white cooked rice.

Larissa: Great find Michele - I'll definitely try this one. Added a photo for you, hope it's OK.

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Alton Brown's Potato Leek Soup

Food Network invites you to try this Leek Potato Soup recipe from...more

My favorite soup to make, it's easy, healthy, low fat (I skip the buttermilk), and so darn good.

Fawnda Camarillo: I love potatoleek soup!

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Pork in Salsa Verde

Suggested by Amanda Lacoff

Put one or two pork tenderloins (or a pork shoulder/butt/roast, if you prefer) in your slow cooker (you can brown first if you want), and cover with a couple of bottles of your favorite salsa verde. Cook on low for six to eight hours, until falling apart. Shred and serve with taco fixings. Could not be easier.

Larissa: This sound easy and tasty! Added a photo for you :).

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Moroccan Chicken and Whole Grain Couscous

A flavorful chicken stew that uses exotic spices and nice vegetables...more

I made this last night and it was one of best and easiest couscous recipes I've tried, will definitely make it again, add lamb shanks and throw it in the crock pot next time.

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Slow Cooker Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto

A hearty, creamy risotto made of barley with shrimp and artichokes.

Suggested by Cara Weber Lyons

No need to stand over the stove and stir - the slow cooker makes superbly creamy and decadent risotto!

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Crockpot Vegetarian Baked Beans, or, Fill Out Your Census Form if You Want Decent Beans

April 6, 2010 by Bad Mama Genny

Suggested by Genevieve Charet

These vegetarian baked beans will take care of themselves in the slow cooker while you do more important things, like put tiny, whimsical umbrellas in fearfully strong drinks.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

"This soup is awesome. This soup is easy, I mean seriously throw it in...more

Suggested by Claudia

I just came across this and now I want for lunch. This is a great looking meal.

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Crockpot Grinders

This is the perfect meal to fix then go Christmas shopping, errand...more

Suggested by Krista

I realize this isn't a soup or stew, but it DOES require a crockpot. Can you say YUM!?

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Crock Pot Red Beans & Rice

Suggested by Kristl Story

My definition of a great crock pot recipe is one that require nothing more than throwing the ingredients in a pot - Red Beans & Rice is really that easy!

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Slow-Cooker Granola A Jillion Different Ways...

October 8, 2010 by Bad Mama Genny

Suggested by Genevieve Charet

Sick of high-maintenance, burnt granola from the oven? Slow cooker to the rescue, fly honeys!

Larissa: I can't get enough of my new new crack pot :)

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Crock Pot Thai Noodle Soup

This is a dump-everything-in-the-crock-and-go recipe, which is my...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

This seems like an easy yet tasty crock pot recipe from Lindsay Weiss and posted on BabyCenter.

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Trying this one next: Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken

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Paleo Pork Chile Verde


Suggested by Melissa Guitron

Easy healthy dinner without having to spend all night in the kitchen. Serve it with avacado and salsa with or without tortillas, I promise your whole family will love it!

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Green Chili Slow Cooker

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Put a Mexican twist on your next bowl of chili for a spicy slow cooked meal. Everyone has a go-to chili recipe and they all have something unique to offer. For me, my chili bursts with green chilies giving it a smoky heat that suits every palate.

Jackie: This looks SO good! I am really going to have to try this one....I wish I could have it for lunch right now :p

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Butternut Squash Soup

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Suggested by Eden Godsoe

I am not big on cooking but do love Trade Joe's and anything that can be cooked in 2-3 minutes.

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Lemon herb chicken in the Crock Pot

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Absolutely delish, and super easy to make!

Larissa: Thanks for this yummy recipe, sounds healthy, easy and delish.

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PanSaver EZ Clean Multi-Use Cooking Bags Slow Cooker Liners

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A must-have for easy cleaning.

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Creamy Cauliflower and Potato Soup with SHRIMP!

Oh my gosh!! That's all I'm sayin' here.

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CAUTION: If you have no self control when it comes to shrimp and creamy soups... well, consider yourself warned. My cousin (who is a genius in the kitchen) sent me this recipe. It's, well, good. Really Good. Really Really Good! I need a bigger vocabulary!

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The Best Crock Pot?

Family Size 6 quart oval Programmable slow cooker with flat panel...more

I'm on the hunt for a good one and am leaning towards this Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget (4.5 stars, 579 reviews) - which crock pot do you recommend??

Fawnda Camarillo: Looks good. I think getting a 6qt+ cooker is important. No real point in getting a smaller one. Big enough to fit a whole chicken or tons of vegetables. Plenty for a family or to have yummy leftovers.

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Related Article: The Year of the Slow Cooker

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Great primer on this year's slow cooking trend. Should have read this before I bought my cooker - I so want one with a timer: The more complicated the machine, the more problems I find it has. But nice features to have are a timer -- one that switches automatically from high to low to warm.

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Williams-Sonoma The New Slow Cooker Cookbook

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My slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen items, especially in the winter months. This cookbook would be provide great inspiration.

Amanda: I have this cookbook, and everything that I've made from it has been really, really tasty - but I would warn that most of the recipes in here require a good bit of prep work and/or browning the meats ahead of time - these aren't "dump everything in crockpot, turn on low for 6-8 hours, leave the house, and come back to a ready dinner." For me, these are better for weekends when I'll be around the house - and for lots of yummy leftovers for the week.

Larissa: Thanks for the heads up Amanda, I considered buying it but am looking for easier recipes ideal for weeknights. Would love to see YOUR list of favorite crock pot recipes that you've made over the years :).

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The French Slow Cooker

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I'm pre-ordering this one: With a slow cooker, even novices can turn out dishes that taste as though they came straight out of the kitchen of a French grandmère. Provençal vegetable soup. Red-wine braised beef with mushrooms. Chicken with forty cloves of garlic. Even bouillabaisse.

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Intrigued by the Picadillo (one of my fave Latin American dishes) and Kumquat Tagine.

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Easy Beef Stroganoff

3 cans (10 ¾ oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup or cream of...more

Suggested by michele7962

1 package (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix 2 pounds beef for stew Combine soup, sour cream, water and soup mix in slow cooker. Add beef; stir until well coated. Cover; cook on HIGH 3 hours or on LOW 6 hours.

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Hearty Lentil Soup

Suggested by Darya Mead

Inexpensive, healthy and kids love it. It's a recession buster meal with nice bread, cheese and a good bottle of red.

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Easy Beef Stew

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Suggested by michele7962

2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce 1 tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 8-10 hours or until vegetables are tender.

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Hearty Chili Mac

1 pound lean ground beef...more

Suggested by michele7962

2 cups cooked macaroni Crumble ground beef into slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients except macaroni to slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 4 hours. Stir in cooked macaroni. Cover; cook on LOW 1 hour.

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Crockpot Banana Bread

Suggested by Emilie Yount

You don't need a bread-maker or even an oven to make delicious banana bread! This is our top-rated Banana Bread recipe.

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Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Suggested by Money Crashers

This is a list of some of the most delicious and exciting crock pot recipes, that are also easy to make. What better combination than that!

Larissa: Is this the correct link, I don't see any recipes.

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Suggested by Kent Whitaker

These recipe from my article use easy to find ingredients and require little or no cooking skill! Perfect for someone needing a homemade meal that's full of flavor with the ease of crock pot cooking!

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This is a super easy, super tasty recipe for roast in the crock pot...more

Suggested by silverriverjewelry

This is super easy to make, tastes great and is very hearty after a long day at work!

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