3 Surprising Slow Cooker Meals

Hearty pastas, soups and dinner nachos that cook while you work.

By: Carissa Chesanek

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Working from home, I'm always looking for easy meals. That's where a slow cooker comes in. I can be "cooking" all day without actually leaving my desk, and the end result is delicious comfort food that tastes like I've fussed for hours. Bev Weidner's Slow Cooker Dinners course (on the Food Network Kitchen app), features different classes for meals that cook while you work, so come dinnertime, you're ready to eat.

The great thing about this course is how it offers a variety of dishes that can be made in a slow cooker, from hearty soups to fall-off-the-bone meats. Bev not only teaches us how to make more traditional entrees in the slow cooker, but also how to use this appliance to make the fixings for a sandwich or toppings to your favorite nachos. Bonus: No matter which recipe I make, my apartment smells amazing all day.

The Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff (pictured above) is comfort food at its best. Larger cuts of meat come out much more tender after sitting in a slow cooker for a few hours. And this class proves it. Not only is this meal flavorful, but it only calls for ingredients you most likely have on hand so it doesn't feel overwhelming.

I love making soup but sometimes all the chopping of the vegetables can be tiresome, discouraging me from doing it. The good thing about the Short Cut Salsa Verde Turkey Soup is there isn't a lot of chopping involved. Most of the other ingredients only require a crank of a can opener or a twist of a cap.

The Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Nachos reminds me of going to a local pub with my sister and ordering our favorite appetizer. Bev adds ranch chicken which punches up the flavor a bit, which I like. Plus, these nachos are hearty enough for dinner, whether eating them alone or with your favorite nacho-eating companion. Looking at you, sis.

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