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!


quick and easy crockpot three bean chili

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.


crockpot bowtie pasta

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.


crockpot spaghetti and meatballs

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!

Angela Wynn
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