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Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

Everybody loves comfort food this time of year, and lasagna is no exception. But instead of baking in the oven, this lasagna is made in the slow cooker. The layers are stacked as usual, but with this method, you can walk away – perfect for weekends filled with errands and holiday shopping, so you can still come home to a hot meal.

Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

This recipe uses our favorite Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce and features Italian sausage for a little kick. Make it your own by adding healthy veggies or substituting ground beef or turkey.

Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 cups Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
3 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, divided
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 container (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Chopped parsley
Instructions
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned and no longer pink; drain. Add onions and garlic to skillet and cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
Stir in marinara sauce and 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning.
Spread ½ cup of sauce mixture in bottom of slow cooker crock. Layer 3 lasagna noodles over sauce, breaking to fit.
In a medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and remaining Italian seasoning. Spread 1/3 of mixture over noodles in crock. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times, ending with sauce. Reserve remaining mozzarella cheese for top.
Cover and and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on LOW for 6 to 6 1/2 hours.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and let stand until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Notes
To arrange uncooked noodles in an oval crock, place one noodle in center of crock. Cut or break off ends of 2 more noodles to fit beside the center noodle. Use the small pieces to place in the open areas. Repeat for each layer.
If you have a slow cooker with stove-top safe cookware, substitute the cookware for the skillet in the directions above. After browning and sautéing, place cookware in slow cooker base, cover and cook as directed in recipe.
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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a beautiful red blend of chunky tomatoes, fresh basil and aromatic spices. It’s absolute perfection on spaghetti, and it could be used on a hundred other things, too. That’s the beauty of this recipe: it makes a lot, so you can store some in the fridge or freeze it for later use in a lasagna or pasta bake.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Don’t worry, making homemade marinara sauce isn’t complicated or difficult. In fact, it’s so easy, you can put it all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it simmer all day, just as if you were making it on a stovetop. Need a meat sauce? Just add cooked ground beef, pork, turkey or sausage to the finished sauce, and you’re good to go.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can always have delicious, homemade marinara sauce on hand, save money on jarred sauces and know what ingredients are in your food when you use this simple and flavorful slow cooker marinara recipe.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
YIELDS: 3 servings

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
1 can (29 oz.) tomato puree
1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (0.75 oz.) fresh basil, leaves only, cut into strips
Instructions
In a large saucepot over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion is clear and garlic is golden, about 4 minutes.
Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, parsley, oregano, salt, dried basil and pepper. Heat until mixture starts to boil. Pour tomato mixture into slow cooker crock.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 9 to 10 hours.
Stir in fresh basil strips. Cool and place in air-tight containers and freeze for up to 6 months.
Notes
If you have a slow cooker with stove-top safe cookware, substitute the cookware for the saucepot in the directions above. After cooking onions and garlic, add ingredients as listed, place cookware in base, cover and cook as directed in recipe.
For a meat sauce: Add 2 to 2 1/2 pounds cooked and drained, lean ground beef, ground turkey or sausage after cooking the onions and garlic and follow the recipe at Step 2.
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How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We know canned pumpkin is easy to use and tastes fine, but in our eyes, nothing beats homemade. Pumpkin puree is actually quite easy to make at home, especially in a slow cooker. Use your finished puree in soups, breads and pies all season long. Freeze any leftovers in plastic bags or store it in jars in the fridge. All it takes is a couple pie pumpkins, a slow cooker and a food processor or blender.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Start by prepping the pumpkins with a good rinse. Then, use a knife to cut out the stem of each pumpkin.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Remove the stems and discard. You won’t need them anymore.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slice each pumpkin in half.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and fibrous insides. Reserve the seeds if you want to make toasted pumpkin seeds later. (Highly recommended by us, of course!)

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Place the pumpkin pieces and water in the slow cooker crock. The water isn’t absolutely necessary, but it helps the pumpkin steam faster.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Set the timer on your slow cooker and check on the pumpkins when it goes off, about 2 hours. The outer skin should be easily pricked by a fork, and the flesh should be soft.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use a large spoon to scoop out the pumpkin flesh, then toss the pumpkin skins. Add the pumpkin flesh to a food processor or blender (or large container if using a hand blender).

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Process the pumpkin until it becomes a smooth puree. This won’t take long, since the pumpkin is so soft.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Store the puree in jars in the refrigerator or use plastic bags to freeze it. Now you can make tasty soups, delicious pies, smoothies, bread pudding or even pumpkin butter. Check back soon for our favorite recipes using homemade pumpkin puree.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients
2 pie pumpkins (about 2 pounds each)
1 cup water
Instructions
Cut pumpkins in half and remove seeds.
Pour water in bottom of slow cooker crock. Add pumpkin pieces.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours or LOW for 3 to 4 hours until pumpkin is soft.
Let pumpkin cool. Use a spoon to scrape pumpkin into blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth. Use pumpkin in recipes for soup, breads, muffins or desserts. Pumpkin can be placed in containers and frozen for 1 to 2 months.
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Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Parsnips are an often overlooked and underappreciated vegetable (most kids think they’re just white carrots). Parsnips are, in fact, closely related to carrots and have a sweet, nutty flavor. Paired with the orange root vegetable we all know and love, this versatile side dish comes together quickly and makes a colorful and fragrant addition to any meal.

Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Using the slow cooker to roast root vegetables may be a new idea for you, but take full advantage of your slow cooker and free up oven space. The spiciness of ginger plus subtle heat from red pepper flakes offsets the sweetness of orange marmalade. This veggie combination is a welcome change from the traditional cooked carrots with brown sugar. Fresh squeezed orange juice and adds just the right amount of citrus flavor to this easy side dish.

Tip: Cutting the pieces the same size ensures even cooking.

Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables with Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Ginger Orange Glazed Root Vegetables
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons orange marmalade
3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1 navel orange)
2 Tablespoons water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
Place vegetables in lightly greased slow cooker crock and toss with salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together marmalade, orange juice, water, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and pour over vegetables. Top with butter.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or LOW for 7 hours.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Notes
If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and transfer sauce to a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Then, pour over the vegetables.
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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

October is coming to a close, and thanks to daylight savings time, it will soon be dark when we get home from work. Tomorrow is Halloween, and our kids are anxiously awaiting the trick-or-treating extravaganza while parents give up feeding kids anything of nutritional value (for one evening).  

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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fall weather also brings more fall recipes: hearty dinners like stews, pot roasts and mashed potatoes. This recipe is a new twist on these classic comfort foods, featuring succulent short ribs and creamy polenta.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For those who aren’t familiar, beef short ribs are large and have more meat than their pork counterpart, spare ribs. Short ribs are one of the most flavorful cuts of meat around, and hours of low and slow cooking make them extremely tender and juicy. Luckily, a slow cooker makes this braising method easy and hands-off.  

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

While adding coffee to the braising liquid may not seem intuitive, give it a try. You’ll be surprised at the nuance it brings to meaty short ribs, and the flavors will allow for a break from standard gravies and red wine sauces. Served over polenta, you’ll have a rich and satisfying meal with almost no effort. (But look at the photos and trust us, it looks like you labored over this meal all day.)

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Creamy polenta is the perfect accompaniment to this dish, as it acts a base for absorbing savory sauces and adds its own sweet and subtle corn flavor. Again, it’s similar to the classic mashed potato, easier to prepare and saves you from falling into a starchy rut. Look for instant polenta at your grocery store, as it’s specially designed to cook in just one minute, making it a quick and comforting part of any meal.

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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Marinating the ribs ahead of time really adds flavor to the finished dish. Feel free to use that last cup of leftover coffee. Once the ribs marinate several hours or overnight, all you have to do is pour them into the slow cooker. The slow cooker does all the work, so it’s perfect for an impressive Sunday dinner for guests, but also easy enough for a weeknight meal.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Marinate, pour and cook – that’s it. When you come home from work your kitchen will have the most delicious aroma.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon dried thyme
5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch pieces
Polenta
Thyme leaves
Instructions
In a glass 13x9-inch baking dish, combine coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic, jalapeño, bay leaves, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and thyme. Add short ribs, turn to coat with marinade.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate several hours or overnight.
Place short rib mixture in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 ½ to 6 hours or LOW for 11 to 12 hours.
Let mixture cool and remove layer of fat off the top of mixture.
Reheat short ribs before serving.
Serve over polenta and garnish with fresh thyme.
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