30 Slow Cooker Recipes for Two
Cooking for two? These small-batch slow cooker recipes yield four servings or fewer. Enjoy dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow, or freeze half for another meal. Either way, you won't be chowing stew for days.
Cajun Pork and Rice
“I created this recipe upon returning home from travelling. With little food in the house, I used what was there. My husband loves this dish because it’s tasty, and I love it because it’s easy.” —Allison Gapinski, Cary, North Carolina
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Slow-Cooker Pork Chops
“Everyone will enjoy these fork-tender, slow cooker pork chops with a creamy, light gravy. Serve with a green vegetable, mashed potatoes and coleslaw or a salad. These are the best slow cooker pork chops.” —Sue Bingham, Madisonville, Tennessee
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Slow-Cooked Stuffed Peppers
“My favourite kitchen appliance is the slow cooker, and I use mine more than anyone else I know. It does a great job with this good-for-you dish.” —Michelle Gurnsey, Lincoln, Nebraska
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooked Stuffed Peppers.
Apple Butterscotch Crisp
“I give this classic dessert a rich twist with butterscotch pudding. The warm apple filling bubbles to perfection in a mini slow cooker.” —Jolanthe Erb, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches
“The slow cooker not only makes this an easy meal but keeps the pork tender, saucy and loaded with flavour.” —Beki Kosydar-Krantz, Mayfield, Pennsylvania
Get the recipe for Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Country Ribs Dinner
“Ribs slow-cooked with carrots, celery, onions and red potatoes are pure comfort food for us. To add a little zip, we sometimes sprinkle in cayenne.” —Rose Ingall, Manistee, Michigan
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Simmered Turkey Enchiladas
“I discovered a different way to serve economical turkey thighs. I simmer them in tomato sauce, green chiles and seasonings until they’re tender and flavourful, then serve them in tortillas with our favourite fresh toppings.” —Stella Schams, Tempe, Arizona
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Home-Style Chicken Soup
“I’ve relied on this easily prepared broth on many occasions,” Kathy Rairigh shares from Milford, Indiana. “Mom gave me the recipe, and we love it.”
Get the recipe for Home-Style Chicken Soup.
Slow & Easy Baby Back Ribs
“If you enjoy ribs, you’ll love these fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Not only are they delicious, but the recipe is easy to prepare in the slow cooker.” —Barbara Birk, St. George, Utah
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Beef in Onion Gravy
“I double this super recipe to feed our family of four so I’m sure to have leftovers to send with my husband to work for lunch. His co-workers tell him he’s lucky to have someone who fixes him such special meals. It’s our secret that it’s an easy slow cooker dinner!” —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois
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“As a busy wife and mother of two young sons, I rely on this handy recipe. I layer enchilada ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and forget about it. With a bit of spice, these hearty enchiladas are especially nice during the colder months.” —Mary Luebbert, Benton, Kansas
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Enchiladas.
Veggie Meatball Soup for 3
“It’s a snap to put together this hearty soup before I leave for work. I just add cooked pasta when I get home, and I have a few minutes to relax before supper is ready.” —Charla Tinney, Tyrone, Oklahoma
Get the recipe for Veggie Meatball Soup for 3.
Molten Mocha Cake
“When I first made my decadent slow-cooker chocolate cake, my husband’s and daughter’s expressions said it all. She says it’s one of her favourites. Later, I brought one of these to our next-door neighbours. Their teenage son, who answered the door, ate the whole thing without telling anyone else about it!”—Aimee Fortney, Fairview, Tennessee
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Cornish Hens with Potatoes
“This special slow-cooked dinner is delicious. I serve it with green beans and French bread.” —Deborah Randall, Abbeville, Louisiana
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Sweet Onion & Cherry Pork Chops
“When I want to jump-start supper, I opt for these tender pork chops. The sweet and savoury cherry sauce makes the recipe a keeper. Try serving it with wild rice pilaf.” —Stephanie Ray, Naples, Florida
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Herbed Chicken & Spinach Soup
“I love this slow cooker dish because it combines some of my favourite ingredients, such as savoury spices, kidney beans and fresh spinach. To create a hearty meal, I eat the chicken soup with a side of crusty bread slathered in butter.” —Tanya MacDonald, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
Get the recipe for Herbed Chicken & Spinach Soup.
Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Flank Steak
“This flavourful, tender beef dish has been a go-to recipe for many years; it’s a meal lifesaver on days when I’m going to be late getting home.” —Anne Merrill, Croghan, New York
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Slow Cooker Cheesy Broccoli Soup
“When I want soup at a restaurant, it’s broccoli-cheese all the way. When I make it at home it’s creamy cheesy, exactly how I like it.” —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah
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Simple Poached Salmon
“I love this recipe because it’s healthy and almost effortless. And the salmon always cooks to perfection!” —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York
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Apple Balsamic Chicken
“I just love the sweet and tart flavour that balsamic vinegar gives to this dish. It’s easy to prepare and after cooking in the slow cooker, the chicken thighs are tender and flavourful.” —Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma
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Simple Sparerib & Sauerkraut Supper
“This recipe simplifies our busy lives and lets us celebrate family time with a hearty meal that is on the table fast.” — Donna Harp, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Slow-Cooked Moroccan Chicken
“Herbs and spices really work their magic on plain chicken in this dish, and the dried fruit adds an exotic touch.” —Kathy Morgan, Ridgefield, Washington
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Maple Creme Brulee
“The slow cooker is the perfect cooking vessel for this classic dessert. The crunchy brown sugar topping in the recipe is wonderful, and the custard is smooth and creamy.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Spring-Thyme Chicken Stew
“During a long winter (and spring), my husband and I were in need of something warm, comforting and bright. This chicken was the perfect thing. It fills the house with the smell of home when Mom would make chicken soup, with a little something extra.” —Amy Chase, Vanderhoof, British Columbia
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Chicken & Vegetables with Mustard-Herb Sauce
“Here’s an almost effortless recipe that makes a simply delicious, comforting chicken dinner.” —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
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Peppery Chicken with Potatoes
“We like this recipe because while we go to church on Sundays the chicken cooks and is ready for us when we get home.” —Lori Draves, Highland, Wisconsin
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Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake
“I clipped this easy peanut butter cake recipe from a newspaper years ago. The house smells fantastic while it’s slow cooking. My husband and son enjoy the cake with ice cream and nuts on top.” —Bonnie Evans, Norcross, Georgia
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Turkey in a Pot
“I use this recipe often as an easy Sunday dinner idea. The turkey breast gets a ‘holiday treatment’ when served with cranberry gravy seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and allspice.” —Lois Woodward, Okeechobee, Florida
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Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup
“This slow-cooked soup is also called “posole,” a traditional good luck New Year’s meal in my native New Mexico. Everyone makes it differently—my soup answers the age-old chili question, ‘Red or green?’ by using both!” —Janet Christine McDaniel, Arlington, Texas
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Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers
“I grew up eating stuffed peppers and thought my husband would immediately love them as well. He didn’t at first, but then I created this slow-cooked recipe. Because he loves fajitas and tacos, I created these peppers with all his favourite flavours tucked inside.” —Nicole Sullivan, Arvada, Colorado
Get the recipe for Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers.
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