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7 of the best slow-cooker recipes to soothe your soul

Prep, set, forget then enjoy.

Slow Cooker Chiang Mai Noodle Soup

When the weather takes a chilly turn, it’s time to reach for the slow cooker. I love the process of prepping my dinner in the morning and then letting everything get friendly throughout the day. Come evening, all my ingredients have worked together to create a belter of a dish, with flavours drawn out over the course of a few hours, plus soft, fall-apart meat guaranteed to put a smile on your face. My friends, I give you my best slow cooker recipes to date. Cosy on up, and chow down on these comforting delights.

Our best slow cooker recipes

From soups and beef stews to chicken wings and pulled pork, grab your appliance and take it slow!

This cheat’s version of Chiang Mai noodle soup tastes like heaven in a bowl… and couldn’t be easier, thanks to your often-overlooked slow cooker. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover Thai red curry paste you may have in your fridge.

The beauty of this dish is that there is virtually no prep time – just mix the marinade, add it to the chicken wings and let the slow cooker do the rest. What you get at the end is the most divine sticky and sweet chicken wings that the whole family will love. The chilli lime flakes at the end are what I call sprinkles for adults! They’re fiery and salty, but if you like it less spicy (or are making this for your kids) just use less chilli flakes. 

Incredibly tender and sticky chilli and ginger beef (thank you, Marion’s Kitchen marinade!) cooked low and slow, spooned over springy noodles… this is weekend cooking at its best. It tastes even better the next day, so feel free to make ahead or save some for leftovers!

Using a slow cooker means you can go about your day knowing dinner is taking care of itself, which is why I love this pulled pork recipe (although your oven also does the job equally well!). It’s tender, sticky and pairs perfectly with a fresh and fragrant Asian ‘slaw. Pack it in bao buns or brioche rolls, encase it within a soft tortilla wrap, slather it on top of cheesy nachos… or just enjoy as is.

One of my favourite family recipes, these delightful beef ribs are so soft and tender, there’s no knife required. The marinade has a chilli kick that’s full of sass, although you can dial it down by using long red chillies instead of spicier varieties if needed. The long cook time makes this perfect for lazy weekend cooking, and trust me – it’s totally worth the wait. A slow cooker recipe to treasure, if you ask me.

Soft, meltingly tender beef with those beautiful Thai green curry spices. Spend 10 minutes of your morning prepping the creamy curry using Marion’s Kitchen Thai Green Curry kit, pour it into the slow cooker with the beef and go about your day while a delicious dinner cooks itself.

With just a few fresh ingredients and Marion’s Kitchen Thai Yellow Curry kit, you can create this spicy, heartwarming soup. A butternut pumpkin, onion, some vegie stock and sour cream is all you need. Add the chillies at the end to control the heat to your liking.

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