The idea of a slow cooker is so ubiquitous in the kitchen world that it’s hard to imagine how a few hours at home could get old, but it seems to have gained a bit of traction in the past couple of years.
There are so many options to choose from that it can be hard to find something you like the taste of, but if you want a healthy meal to go along with a cold glass of wine and a quick snack, a slow cook is a great way to do it.
A slow cooker works by letting you create meals in the comfort of your own home, which means you can create whatever you need, whenever you need it, all at the same time.
You can even use one to cook soups, stews, or just anything else you might need.
Here’s how to make your own slow cooker meal, and how to use it for a meal of pasta, meat, and cheese.
How to Make Your Own Slow Cookers Meal The basic idea behind a slow-cooker is to let you use your time to create the perfect meal.
You’ll have a few basic ingredients to work with: 1 lb of pasta (the most important ingredient in a slow cooked pasta dish is the water) 2 oz of meat (or other meat substitute) 3 oz of cheese (optional) 2 cups of rice (optional, but great for soups and stews) A lid to keep the pan cool and keep the food warm.
Fill the slow cooker with enough water to cover the entire pot, then set the lid to its lowest setting.
(If you want to use a non-stick skillet, set it to medium heat.
If you want the lid of your slow cooker to stay cool, you’ll need to make sure it’s at least a few degrees cooler than your oven.)
Cook for 6 hours, turning often to let the pasta absorb all the water.
(This will help it cook faster, too.)
When you’re ready to serve, put the lid back on and cook the rest of your meal, which should take around 5-7 hours.
It’s best to take this slow-cooked meal out of the slow-release mode and give it a little time to cook through before serving, but even with that added time, it should be great for a quick meal.
For this slow cooker recipe, I use 3 ounces of meat and 3 ounces each of cheese, rice, and pasta.
I like to make a small batch to use later, but I also like to have it as a lunch, a dinner, or a side dish for dinner.
If this is a weeknight meal, I add a side of pasta or some spaghetti to serve as a topping.
This slow cooker can be made a day in advance if you’d like to add additional ingredients, and I’m sure you could do it that way too.
For more easy meals, try these pasta dishes, meatballs, and vegetarian spaghetti rolls.
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