After months of summer salads and light dishes, we'll admit we're just a bit excited to take out a crockpot and make a heartyВ meal as soon as the temperature drops. The cult kitchen accessory is popular for good reason: Not only does the self-contained unit make mealsВ with little effort, it alsoВ simmers food at a low temperature to amplify flavor.В
IfВ you tend to make the same crockpot recipes, change up your routine by adding a new dish to your repertoire. Ahead, we called on four leadingВ recipe developers and food bloggers to reveal the easy fall crockpot recipes they make on repeat. From fragrant chicken curry to decadent beef cheek ragu, there's something in here for every home cook.В
Lentil Soup With Coconut, Spinach, and LimeThe First Mess
The Foodie:В Laura Wright started The First Mess to spotlight the things she loves, "Cooking with natural, plant-based foods, eating seasonally, and sharing wholesome meals with the people in my life."
The Recipe: Lentil Soup with Coconut, Spinach, and Lime, a hearty, healthy dish.
The Pro Tip:В Keep the right kitchen accessories on hand to amplify flavor, says Wright. "Grating the sweet potatoes and onions with a box grater (rather than dicing them) forces the vegetables to almost "melt" into the soup and form a rich and satisfying soup base," she explains. At the end of the cooking process, don't forget to add lime juice, too. "It 'wakes up' all of the slow-simmered spices and the sweetness of the sweet potato."All-Clad 6.5-Quart Slow Cooker $180ShopSambonet Hannah Soup Ladle $95Shop
Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin CurryThe Modern Proper
The Foodies:В The Modern Proper is the brainchild of two moms from the Pacific Northwest, Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer. Together, they share their love for creating delicious, wholesome recipes and entertaining friends and family.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry, a flavor-packed one-dish meal that's also kid-approved.В
The Pro Tip: Timing is everything. "Add the red bell peppers only for the last hour if possible to endure that they aren't too soggy!" they explain.ВH&M Jacquard-Weave Apron $13 $10ShopWest Elm Stainless Steel Chopsticks $13 $10Shop
Slow-Cooked Italian Beef Ragy on PappardelleStuck in the Kitchen
The Foodie: Sarah Tuck's food blog, Stuck in the Kitchen, and cookbook,В Coming Unstuck, are two of our go-to sources for mouthwatering recipes.
The Recipe:В Slow-Cooked Italian Beef Cheek Ragu on Pappardelle, a rich, red wine-infusedВ recipe that utilizes a Le Creuset casserole dish in place of a crockpot.В
The Pro Tip:В "Relax and forget about it-the longer it cooks and the more days you leave the sauce (2-3 days) the more tender and flavourful it becomes!" says Tuck.ВKitchenaid KitchenAid Pasta Roller Set #Kpra $200ShopOxo Good Grips 3-Piece Wooden Spoon Set $12Shop
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken SoupFoodie Crush
The Foodie: Heidi Larsen is the founder ofВ Foodie Crush,В a website dedicated to "fresh, seasonal, mostly simple, often healthy, comfort food."
The Recipe:В Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup, a one-pot recipe that's healthier, tastier, and arguably easier than getting takeout. "It's incredibly easy to put together and serve over rice or noodles and is awesome for leftovers the next day-If there are any!" says Larsen.В
The Pro Tip:В "Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk rather than low-fat so the soup doesn't curdle," she recommends.ВFog Linen Linen Napkin $14ShopSnowe Serving Bowls Set $75Shop