10 best family slow cooker recipes

10 best family slow cooker recipes

It is time to get the slow cooker out of hibernation as we move into autumn, darker evenings, colder days and the perfect time of the year for comfort food. I love how, with the smallest preparation, you can switch on the slow cooker and by dinner time you will have a delicious meal waiting for you, it’s the best time saver ever.

I have a Greek Lamb roast on the go as we speak which still needs writing up but by the smell it’s going to be a winner again. In fact, I have been using my Sage slow cooker for over a year now and it never gets put away in a box but sits proudly on the worktop. The beauty of the Sage Slow Cooker is it has a risotto button and a steamer button too. This summer we have enjoyed Risotto Primavera, Seafood risotto and Asparagus risotto amongst many others.

seafood risotto

I love how this one gadget doubles and triples up making it’s worktop space very valuable indeed.

So I thought I’d make one handy post linking to our best family friendly slow cooker recipes that have proven to be the most popular amongst readers over the past few years that I’ve been writing up my recipes.

10 best family slow cooker recipes

Lamb shanks in red wine and rosemary

lamb shanks with red wine and rosemary slow cooker recipe

This was a trial recipe that worked out marvellously and led on to other experiments in the kitchen. The long cooking assures the lamb shanks are so tender the meat falls off of the bone. We liked it so much it’s become our favourite slow cooker recipe.

Italian Fish Stew

Italian fish stew in slow cooker

A definite favourite of the twins who ask for it time and time again. It’s full of nutrients and has a delicious tomato taste. It can be made spicy with the addition of chilli flakes.

Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian goulash slow cooker recipe

This is a recipe that has been passed down through my family since my great grandparents came over from Hungary to settle in the UK in the 50’s. My great grandmother was an excellent cook and her Hungarian goulash recipe was the talk of the town. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Lamb shanks with chorizo and garlic

A version of the red wine and rosemary lamb shanks, this one is super tasty and once again the meat falls off the bone thanks to the long slow cooking time.

Beef in Guinness

EVERYONE needs to try this Beef in Guinness slow cooker recipe at least once. Ideal for all the family as the alcohol is all cooked out but the stout gives a wonderful thick flavour to the sauce.

Peppered Steak

This one has to be my all time favourite, I think steak and pepper is a marriage made in heaven, eat as a stew or put in a pie like I did.

Minted lamb with peas

Lamb, mint and peas are another perfect combination and this recipe is proof of that, if you’re feeling adventurous add some extra herbs to the mix.

Spanish pork and chorizo casserole

When it’s a cold grey day bring some Spanish sunshine into your life with a pork and chorizo casserole, this one works perfectly.

Hot chilli tomato and basil flavoured roast chicken

When I discovered I could roast chickens I was delighted, when I found out all the different types of rubs I could use I was over the moon. This one gives a fabulous taste to the meat that lingers in your mouth and adds to the culinary experience.

Pot roast gammon with leeks tomato and mustard seeds

Another joint that can be cooked whole is gammon and one of my favourite ingredients to use is mustard seeds. This recipe always goes down a treat with my family.


And there you have it, my best slow cooker recipes ever that I have tried over and over again and can hand on heart say they work for me. Please enjoy and if you think they are a success I’d love you to come back and let me know in the comments below.



  1. September 23, 2015 / 10:34 PM

    *Best Bruno Mars voice* I think I wanna marry you. Thank you for such fantastic inspiration for the lifeline that is a slow cooker in the winter. I am going to try most of these :) xx

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