Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Soup

My sister-in-law gave me the idea for Chicken Alfredo Soup.  She said she’d eaten it before and it was good, but not as Alfredo-y as she wished.  The recipe she’d seen used a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo SoupI decided to make a homemade version that didn’t use the jar of sauce.  This soup has chicken, penne pasta, and lots of Parmesan.  It’s a delicious take on classic chicken and noodle soup.

But it isn’t as Alfredo-y as you’d imagine the soup to be.  I think that may be an impossible thing to ask of a soup, because if you thicken it and make it just like the sauce, then you don’t have soup any more.  You’ve got sauce.

I almost named it something different, like Chicken Parmesan Soup, but that’s a different dish and I already have a Chicken Parmesan Soup.  So despite the fact that the name might be a little misleading, I’m keeping it.

And this soup is definitely worth making.  It’s warm, comforting and creamy.  And there’s no pre-cooking needed.  Everything goes into the slow cooker, although the milk and pasta get held out to near the end of the cooking time.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with ham

 

I love split pea soup, but it’s not one that I make often.  It’s best made when you’ve got a ham bone available.  But since I figured out a great work-around for that with my Ham and Bean Soup, I decided to use the same technique for this recipe.

This soup meets all the requirements for the Slow Cooker Soup Series.  It’s assembly only, taking only minutes to get everything started in the slow cooker.

I was afraid that my kids wouldn’t eat it.  The color is light green (even though the photo shows it to be more yellow).  Plus the name isn’t very kid-friendly.  However, they all really liked it and even went back for seconds.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Philly Cheese Steak Soup in the Slow Cooker

Philly Cheese Steak Soup

This Philly Cheese Steak Soup couldn’t be easier.  Although it doesn’t taste exactly like a cheese steak (that could be weird), it does have the flavors of the famous sandwich.

Or at least the flavors most people think of when they think about cheese steaks.  The real deal that you find in Philadelphia most often has cheese whiz as the cheese.  And they are so, so good!

This soup combines beef, onions, green peppers and mushroom soup in a warm broth.  I topped it with shredded Swiss cheese.  And I toasted French bread topped with Swiss cheese to serve along side the piping hot bowls.

It takes about 5 whole minutes to set up the slow cooker for this recipe.  So easy!  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life (and our New Year’s Tradition)- December 30

It’s almost a brand new year!  Are you feeling the urge to get organized?  I start craving clean, decluttered and routine about this time of year.  If you’d like to get your meals organized and have the grocery lists all ready to print, check out the Weekly Meal Plans memberships.  I’ve got a peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.

Our Family’s New Year’s Tradition

Every year on New Year’s Eve, we gather around the table and make predictions for the next year.  We keep them light and fun, guessing whether or not a child will have surpassed a parent in height or if someone will travel to a fun place or meet a famous person.  We also read through the predictions we made the year before.  It’s a fun way to spend some time together at the end of the year, reflecting on the past and thinking about the new year.  We’ve been doing this for over 10 years.  Sometimes we read through the very old predictions.  It’s always fun to see what was on the mind of the kids when they were little.

What New Year’s traditions does your family keep?

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  This month we’re getting a head start so we can all get back into a routine for the new year! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

  1. Ravioli in the Slow Cooker
  2. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  3. Baked Chicken in the crock pot
  4. Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup
  5. Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
  6.  Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  7. Brownies with Chocolate Glaze

Traditional Plan

  1. Mexican White Queso Soup
  2. Linda’s BBQ Chipped Ham Sandwiches
  3. All Day Beef Stew
  4. Chicken in the Crockpot with Noodles
  5. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
  6. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  7.  Chocolate Chip Cheeseball (Perfect to serve up at a New Years Eve party!)

 

 

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

 

I put this recipe in the slow cooker on a Sunday morning before church.  I’m always happy when the crockpot is filled and I know we’ve got something to eat when we get in from church.  For more after church dinner ideas, see this post.

I think I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we have a new Costco in town.  The last time I was in there, I bought a 20 pound bag of baking potatoes.  Yep.  That’s a lot of potatoes.  It was a great price though!

Needless to say, I’ve been trying to use up some of those potatoes.  My boys prefer meals with some meat, versus just having baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese.  So I came up with this King Ranch Chicken idea.

King Ranch Chicken is a casserole.  There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas.  The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tacos are a staple in my house. It’s an easy go-to when I don’t know what else to make. One week when I told my husband I was going to make them – again – he asked me, “Why don’t you ever make beef tacos?” After that, it became my mission to figure out a great, equally-easy beef taco recipe. This is the winner.

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This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe – you just dump and go. Even better, it only takes three ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup - Mommy Hates Cooking

 

Every Friday, October through February, I’m sharing a new Slow Cooker Soup with you.  I’m loving this series!  You can catch all the other posts here.

I’ve got a new soup recipe simmering in my slow cooker right now, but it’s not ready to share yet.  So today, I’m sharing this Slow Cooker Pizza Soup from Mommy Hates Cooking.

One of the “rules” I set for myself in this series is that the entire soup needs to cook in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking chicken or ground beef or browning things on the stove.  That really shortens the list of recipe possibilities!

This Pizza Soup does meat those requirements though.  It’s full of pizza flavor with pizza sauce, pepperoni and seasonings.  The best thing about it is that it’s assembly-only.  You can have this one cooking in a matter of minutes!

Click here to see the recipe for Slow Cooker Pizza Soup on Mommy Hates Cooking.

Slow Cooker Soup Series

 

This recipe is part of our Slow Cooker Soup Recipe series.  New recipes will be shared every Friday, October through February. Subscribe to the email list and get them all!

Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks

Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Haystacks

You know that I love my slow cooker, so when Campbell’s asked if I would try their new Slow Cooker Dinner Sauces of course I said yes.

I chose the Sweet Korean BBQ sauce. It’s as easy as opening the packet and adding it to the beef in the slow cooker.

I decided to serve the meat as haystacks. My kids loved it! I mean they really, really loved it. It’s been over a month since I made it and they’re still talking about that meal.

Part of what they loved was the slightly sweet and flavorful sauce on the meat. And they love rice, so having that with it was a bonus. Plus they were able to fix their plates the way they wanted, choosing the toppings they liked most.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Sweet Korean BBQ Haystacks: [Read more...]

Peach Pork BBQ Sliders Topped with Apple Cole Slaw

When King’s Hawaiian asked me to create a recipe using their dinner rolls, I had a couple of ideas.  I first made sticky pecan rolls.  They were marvelous, but not very photogenic.  So, I went back to the drawing board and decided to try a twist on bbq sliders.

These little sandwiches make use of one of the slow cooker freezer meals that is part of our November plans.  The Peach BBQ Pork couldn’t be easier and the flavor is outstanding.

I paired the pork with Apple Cole Slaw with sweet vinegar dressing.  It’s really easy to make, but the addition of the apple gives a great flavor.  It goes great with the pork and the King’s Hawaiian rolls too.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

The pork and bbq ingredients aren’t in the photo.  I already had it going in the slow cooker.

For the Pork

  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. pork roast or tenderloin
  • 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz peach salsa
  1. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.  
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred cooked meat to serve.

For the Apple Cole Slaw

  • 16 oz bag cole slaw mix
  • handful chopped parsely
  • ​1 apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir cole slaw mix, parsley and apple together.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid.  Give it a good shake to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss.

Two Packs of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Serve Peach BBQ Pork on split King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls.  Top bbq with slaw.

Enjoy!

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I am on a roll with slow cooker oatmeal.  We’ve been loving it lately!

This time, I decided to make use of the apple cider in the fridge.  A mug of hot spiced cider is a winter favorite.  So it has to be good for a late autumn breakfast too, right?

Sweet apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices transform a plain bowl of oatmeal into holiday breakfast special.

We don’t get snowed in here in Kentucky very often, but I’m going to keep this breakfast in mind just in case we get a big snowfall this winter.  I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to world wrapped in white and having a bowl of this spiced oatmeal to go with the view.  Cozy!

I don’t have an ingredient photo for you, but all the ingredients are very common.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 4-6 servings

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or less, if you don't like it too sweet)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Spray a small slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crock.
  3. Cook 3-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve with milk.
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