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14 Warming Recipes To Try In Your Instant Pot Or Slow Cooker

Stave off the chill with recipes designed to warm you up from the inside out—including soup, stews, breakfast and dessert.
14 Warming Recipes To Try In Your Instant Pot Or Slow Cooker

Photography by Christie Vuong. Food styling by Eshun Mott. Prop styling by Christine Hanlon.

Warm up this week with slow cooker recipes that are as easy as setting it and forgetting it. These delicious dinner recipes let your slow cooker or Instant Pot do all the heavy lifting so you can sit back and relax.

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Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Hearty, warming and easy. Just 15 minutes to prep, pop it in the slow cooker before work and voila! Get this Moroccan vegetable stew recipe.

A bowl of slow cooker moroccan vegetable stew, with butternut squash, chickpeas and cilantro on a bed of couscous with a spoon inserted in the couscous to one side on a floral tablecloth with a bowl of couscous, more stews and cilantro around itPhotography by Christie Vuong. Food styling by Eshun Mott. Prop styling by Christine Hanlon.

Slow-Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

This classic French-Canadian split pea and ham soup is comfort in a bowl, and absolutely perfect for cold nights. Get this slow cooker split pea and ham soup recipe.

split pea and ham soup in a bowl on top of a round wooden board surrounded by toasted bread slices, chopped parsely, and a spoonPhoto, Erik Putz.

Slow-Cooker Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Slow cooked oatmeal is just the thing for chilly mornings. Top with any combination of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, and feel free to skip the milk—just stir in some extra water after the oats are cooked. Get this slow cooker fruit and nut oatmeal recipe.

slow cooker fruit and nut steel-cut oats with fresh blueberries and honey on a white ceramic bowlPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

This is one of our favourite comfort foods, and preparing it in the slow cooker makes it that much easier. Get this French onion soup recipe.

A blue bowl with slow cooker French onion soup, topped with toasted bread and melted cheese and thyme, on a serving plate next to a bowl of thyme on a blue table(Photo: Roberto Caruso; prop styling: Catherine Doherty; Food styling: Michael Elliott)

Slow-Cooker Barley and Squash Risotto

This risotto doesn’t require any supervision. Fragrant, with nutty sweetness from the butternut squash, it’s an elegant fall and winter side dish. Get this slow cooker barley squash risotto recipe.

Slow cooker barley squash risottoPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Rum and Coke Pulled Pork Sliders

Inspired by the ubiquitous mixed drink, this dish is sweet, spicy and perfectly sandwich-worthy (all you need is buns and coleslaw to put it together). Get this rum and coke pulled pork sandwich recipe.

Pulled pork on three slider buns with a side of picklesPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Gingery Chicken Congee

This simple but delicious rice porridge is a classic Asian breakfast and a test-kitchen staff favourite. It’s especially good for anyone who prefers savoury over sweet on a wintry morning. (It’s great in a thermal container on a ski trip, too!) Get this gingery chicken congee recipe.

rice congee served in a grey ceramic bowl garnished with scallions and crispy fried shallots.Photo, Roberto Caruso. 

Beef Bourguignon

Add some gourmet style to dinner (without spending hours in the kitchen), with our slow-cooked version of the traditional French dish. Get this beef bourguignon recipe

A plate of beef bourguignon.(Photography: Christie Vuong. Produced by Stephanie Han Kim. Food styling: Ashley Denton. Prop styling: Cailen Speers.)

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

Make dinner an event this week with a creamy, curry-flavoured chicken soup. Get this chicken mulligatawny soup recipe.  

Slow-cooker Chicken mulligatawny soupPhoto John Cullen.

Homemade Chicken Broth

Done overnight, this flavourful broth yields 9 cups, and is the perfect base for a classic chicken soup. Add a gourmet grilled cheese to the menu, and you have a meal that may just make the cold weather worth it. Get this homemade chicken broth recipe.

Chicken soup made with homemade chicken broth.Photo, Sian Richards.

Classic Baked Beans

Throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, give it a quick stir and walk away for 10 hours. The result: warm, incredibly flavourful baked beans you can’t wait to dig into. Get this slow cooker baked beans recipe.

slow-cooker baked beans in a bowlPhoto, John Cullen

Juicy Pork Carnitas

Make dinner a feast for the senses with bright colours and flavours, starring a little south-of-the-border cooking: saucy pork, green-herbed rice, Mexican crema and chunks of avocado. Get this juicy pork carnitas recipe.  

14 Warming Recipes To Try In Your Instant Pot Or Slow CookerPhoto, Angus Fergusson.

Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

This easy (and tasty) dish requires hardly any prep work—just by pop the ingredients into the slow cooker, and you’re all set.  Get this pulled pork with ginger-bourbon sauce recipe.  

Pulled Pork with Ginger Bourbon Sauce(Photography: John Cullen)

Eggs In Purgatory

As our friend Nigella Lawson puts it, “Eggs in purgatory is absolute heaven when you’re feeling like hell.” Sounds like a great way to start the day. Hold the eggs very close over the tomato mixture before cracking them in. Get this eggs in purgatory recipe.

Slow cooker eggs in purgatory served on toast in a white bowl on a wood table next to a pink napkin and another bowl of the same dish and utensils(Photo: Roberto Caruso)


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