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Our Favorite Crockpot Recipes


Whether you’re working long hours or you need to take some food to a neighbor, crockpot recipes always come through. What could be better than putting the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and having dinner ready that night. That’s why we’ve decided to share our favorite recipes.

Most recipes serve 6, which makes crockpot meals perfect for leftovers. Keep small serving containers on hand for leftovers. Be sure to mark the containers so that you know what everything is and the date you froze it.

Baked Spaghetti makes a great meal .  All you need to keep on hand is bread to toast and salad mix. Add shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and some crackers to a bowl of Chili and you have a complete meal. Jambalaya is a meal in itself but a salad goes well with everything. 

Our favorite go-to-soup is Potato Soup. Just like the picture, bacon bits and cheddar cheese can be added and are usually things most people have on hand. Growing up, my mom kept a bag in the freezer that she put all the leftover vegetables when there wasn't enough for another meal. Then when it was Vegetable Soup time, she would use that as part of her base.  Try skillet fried cornbread with that. There is just something amazing about vegetable soup and cornbread. Finally, we had to include Broccoli Cheese Soup. Want your soup a little thicker, puree the broccoli a little more than in this picture.

We have included website links to each of these recipes, but if you would like to check out these and other recipes, check out our Pinterest page. 

 SOUTHERN HOSTESS TIP: When taking any meal to someone’s house, use containers that are disposable and can be frozen. That way if your neighbor receives several meals at one time, yours can be frozen. Write heating directions somewhere on the container.