I fell in love with my very first crockpot, so much I now have an entire collection of them in all shapes and sizes. I use them when I’m having one of our annual parties or when I want a hearty meal without all of the prep. For many years I’ve scoured the internet, looking for crockpot recipes that are quick and easy. What I usually found were recipes where there was sauteing and chopping and slicing and dicing – all things I was trying to avoid using my crockpot. I finally realized the recipes I needed were just my favorite go-to quick meals that can be easily made in a crockpot. Here are my 3 easy crockpot recipes. Make sure you get a slow cooker liner to make cleanup a breeze!
Three Bean Chili: Chili is hands down the easiest thing I’ve ever made in my slow cooker. Because I use all canned ingredients, all I have to do is dump everything in, give them a good stir, add some seasoning, flip it on and let the slow cooker do the rest. My recipe makes enough for leftovers on my next Thaw Thursday.
Bowtie Alfredo: My pasta-loving friend gave me the craziest look when I told her I made this in my crockpot. She tried it for herself and was quite pleased with the flavor. It’s a great dinner to throw together during the week or serve as an appetizer or main dish when entertaining. With this one, I admit there is some prep work, but it only involves browning your favorite sausage or other protein if you want to add some to the meal.
Spaghetti and Meatballs: After a successful run with my bowtie pasta concoction, I decided to take the plunge and try out spaghetti and meatballs in my beloved slow cooker. I am happy to report that it worked out great and it’s become something easy I can throw together in the morning and not worry about cooking dinner.
What makes these 3 easy crockpot recipes even better is that you can easily switch up the ingredients to create a new meal. Instead of bowtie pasta for your alfredo, use fettuccine and throw in some cooked chicken along with some frozen broccoli. If you aren’t a fan of spaghetti, use penne or fusilli. The possibilities are endless!