9 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Recipes

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by: Blythe Copeland
Delicious Pot Roast Dinner in a Crock Pot

Slow cookers are a huge help in the summer, when they let you feed a crowd without heating up your kitchen, but they're even more of a lifesaver in the fall: On days busy with school, sports, and other activities, you can come home to a hot, healthy, homemade meal with minimal effort. If your usual slow cooker routine revolves around beef stew and chicken soup, branch out with these nine recipes for everything from pasta sauce to peach cobbler.

Slow-simmered meat sauce with pasta

Though this meat sauce from Cooking Light will take most of the day in the slow cooker -- about eight hours on the low setting -- when it's finished you'll have a hearty topping you can use on pasta or freeze to pull out on hectic nights. Ground sirloin and hot Italian sausage pair with crushed tomatoes, kalamata olives, and fresh herbs for an aromatic sauce that's better than anything you'll pour out of a jar.

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