8 Slow Cooker Recipes for the Cooler Season Ahead

The slow cooker has been an indispensable tool in many Canadian homes for decades. And our digital slow cooker is one of our most popular small appliances...for good reason! It both facilitates weekday cooking and is essential when it comes to making longer recipes over the weekend. And with autumn in full swing, it’s all you need to make cozy and comforting cold-weather meals. Meet (or get reacquainted with) eight of our favourite recipes.

Savoury recipes

1. Rigatoni with Tomato Sauce, Pork Shank and Sausage Meatballs

Want to go all-out? Try this beautifully loaded pasta dish. It’s a bit involved, but the sauce and meatballs still come together quickly, and the slow cooker then does the rest!

2. Squash and Lentil Curry

This meatless curry is a winning meal idea. Starring seasonal squash, hearty lentils and a myriad of spices, make it on a Sunday and you’ll have a hearty and cozy dinner for the next few nights.

3. Braised Pork with Dates

This decadent dish will be a hit with the entire family. Want a few ideas for leftovers? The sweet-savoury pork tastes wonderful in a grilled cheese sandwich.

4. Nacho Cheese Sauce with Beef

The fall and winter months mean sitting on the couch on weekday evenings watching hockey or on Sundays with a game of football. And what’s game day without snacks? This beefy, cheesy sauce will make a great dip for your tortilla chips!

5. Lasagna

Lasagna in the slow cooker? Believe it! Best of all, you don’t have to brown the sausage meat beforehand, so all you have to do is layer, cover and cook.

Sweet recipes

6. Sticky Toffee Pudding

We took this classic English dessert that’s usually baked in the oven and gave it the slow cooker treatment instead. As one user put it: “Loved this recipe. I tried a few recipes from the UK, but this is the best!” High praise!

7. Raisin Bread

Raisin bread, straight out of the slow cooker? Believe it! Fluffy, aromatic and absolutely easy to make, you’ll want to partake of a slice (or two) each and every morning.

8. Chocolate Pudding Cake

Rich, gooey, chocolatey… Who can resist making this decadent dessert? It makes a large amount, so be sure to freeze the rest. You’ll always have cake at the ready whenever the mood calls for it.

Looking for more cozy recipes using your RICARDO slow cooker? Check out our selection of recipes to help you put it to good use this season.