Easy Slow Cook Dinner Ideas

Pot roast, in a slow cooker, resting in front of fresh vegetables

Looking for some hands-off ideas to make dinner easier this week? Try any of these hassle-free slow cook recipes.

Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta

You’ll only need about five minutes to prep this pesto pasta dish before letting the slow cooker do the rest. For up to eight servings, you’ll need a pound and a half of chicken breast, salt, pepper, butter, lemon, and pesto (jarred is fine). The chicken and seasonings will cook for several hours, and once they’re done, you can add the cooked rotini pasta, mozzarella, and parmesan to blend it all together. When you’re ready to serve the meal, garnish it with a little dried basil.


While French Provençal cuisine might sound intimidating to the casual culinarian, this ratatouille proves that anyone can cook a classic vegetable dish with a convenient slow cooker. This recipe goes back to the traditional preparation where the veggies are allowed to blend in the heat, just as it was cooked long before the film Ratatouille popularized colorful little spirals and rosettes. You’ll need a variety of vegetables like onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper, plus other ingredients like potatoes and herbs (thyme and basil would be perfect). Cut the veggies into uniform wheels, arrange them in a spiral pattern in the pot, coat with tomato sauce, then cook for a few hours.


If you want to simmer a soup, this Italian minestrone is the perfect choice with its abundance of veggies and beans. The soup benefits from a wide variety of flavors that all marry together in the slow cooker, from onion and garlic to zucchini and carrots. You can also add herbs like dried oregano for more Italian flavor, while kidney beans and great northern beans add a hearty dose of protein. The recipe author’s secret ingredient goes a long way in setting this soup apart, so add sun-dried tomato pesto to your grocery list to see the difference it can make.

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