Easy Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole {Low Carb}

Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole is an easy, low carb, pasta-like dish that everyone will absolutely love. Cooked spaghetti squash is combined with a quick meat sauce, topped with cheese and baked until golden and bubbly.

Serve this easy dinner alongside a simple caesar salad and crusty bread with Homemade Garlic Butter for the perfect weeknight meal!

Serving our favorite spaghetti squash casserole recipe

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This spaghetti squash casserole recipe features delicious strands of spaghetti squash (in place of pasta) baked with a quick and flavorful homemade meat sauce. The casserole is topped with cheese and baked until bubbly!

We love easy casseroles during the week, and with the New Year around the corner we are aiming to keep things as healthy as possible. From eggplant parmesan to unstuffed cabbage roll casserole, there are a ton of healthy casseroles that will definitely be on our menu.

Eating healthier doesn’t mean you need to spend more time or money in the kitchen! This baked spaghetti squash casserole is ready in about 35 minutes, making it the perfect quick dish. We love serving it with a simple side salad as well as some easy dinner rolls to sop up the leftover meat sauce at the end. YUM!

Our favorite spaghetti squash casserole recipe on a plate ready to eat

How To Make Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash is an amazing veggie, a tender squash with strands that resemble everyone’s favorite pasta! The flavor is slightly sweet but not sweet like butternut squash or acorn squash.

Spaghetti Squash can be cooked in the microwave or you can make baked Spaghetti Squash in the oven. Once baked you can run a fork along the squash to create noodle-like strands perfect for soups, stews and of course casseroles like this one!

How to Cut Spaghetti Squash: Spaghetti squash is a very tough squash so I’d recommend poking it with a fork (like you would a baked potato) and microwaving it 3-5 minutes. This will soften the exterior enough for cutting. Cut lengthwise tip to tip and scoop out any seeds before cooking.

Ingredients for the best ever spaghetti squash casserole recipe

How To Make Squash Casserole

This spaghetti squash casserole is a lower carb take on our favorite Baked Spaghetti recipe! It’s easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time and has just a few simple steps:

  1. Prepare the squash until al dente (roast it, microwave it, it’s up to you)
  2. Prepare the meat sauce in a saucepan
  3. Mix everything together in a casserole dish and top with cheese
  4. Bake until for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is warm and bubbly

Serve and enjoy, so easy!

Spaghetti squash casserole topped with cheese and baked in the oven

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash Casserole

You bet! This baked casserole freezes amazingly. Just freeze it covered or in a plastic container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, defrost overnight in the fridge and pop it back in the oven until heated through. If you’re storing it in glass, make sure you allow the glass to come to room temperature before it goes in the oven. Glass can easily shatter if the temperature is changed too quickly.

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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This healthy spaghetti squash casserole recipe features colorful spaghetti squash baked with a quick and flavorful homemade meat sauce. The casserole is topped with cheese and baked until bubbly!

  • 1 spaghetti squash (cooked)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (or pasta sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. Cook squash, cut in half, until al dente. Using a fork, remove spaghetti squash strands from the squash and set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, cook ground beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

  4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pasta sauce and seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in squash. Place in a casserole dish (or back into the squash halves) and top with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Our Favorite Skinny Soup Recipe!

Vegetable soup

This Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe is one of our favorites! As you would expect in a vegetable soup recipe, this is completely loaded with fresh veggies and flavor. 

Naturally low in fat and calories it’s the perfect lunch, snack or starter! While we eat it as a starter or lunch, to make this more of a main dish for dinner, we often add our favorite proteins.

Vegetable soup in bowl with silver ladle

Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetable soup is delicious, healthy and filling!  It’s easy to make and perfect for lunch or afternoon snack. It’s bright, colorful and loaded with all kinds of vegetables (and you can easily sub in whatever veggies you like or have on hand).

When we are trying to cut back (usually in January after the holidays) we enjoy a small bowl of this vegetable soup before each meal.  (And if you follow Weight Watchers, this is a 0 point soup…  a freebie and it’s 21 day fix approved) or I use it as a snack to tide me over until dinner.

What to Put in Vegetable Soup

Broth I prefer beef broth in this soup for flavor, you can use homemade stock or broth or vegetable broth if you prefer. Canned tomatoes (with juice) add great flavor to this recipe too.

Vegetables I love the addition of all kinds of veggies and anything goes in this recipe.

I love cabbage in this soup, it adds bulk and fills your belly. If you’re not a fan of cabbage, you can most certainly substitute kale or spinach. Keep in mind that kale will add more bulk and spinach will shrink down quite a bit.

    • Low Carb Veggies Cabbage, beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, celery
    • Starchy Veggies Carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes (may need longer to cook), corn

Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe in bowl

How to Make Vegetable Soup

1. Prep Wash and chop all of your veggies. Sort your veggies by cook time, things that take longer go in first (like cabbage and carrots) while things that are quicker can go later (like broccoli and zucchini).

2. Flavor I add a touch of water (or oil if you like) and sautee onion and garlic first for flavor. Add spices or herbs to your liking.

3. Simmer Bring broth to a simmer adding in veggies and allow to cook until tender.

 

Vegetable Soup in the Slow Cooker

    • saute onions and add all ingredients to the slow cooker
    • cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours or until veggies are tender

Instant Pot

    • cook onions using the saute function
    • add all ingredients to the Instant Pot ensuring you don’t go past the max line
    • cook on high pressure 6 minutes, naturally release 5 minutes. cook longer if you prefer softer veggies.

Close up on veggie soup bowl

Making This Veggie Soup a Main Course

If you want to make this into a main course, you can protien l ike ground turkey and some grains or leftover roasted vegetables.

Proteins to add

Grains to add

  • cooked brown rice
  • quinoa
  • whole wheat noodles.

Of course, this soup isn’t the magic weight loss secret but if you’re trying to cut calories this is perfect to have in your fridge ready to enjoy when you need a snack or a quick meal!

Vegetable soup in ziploc bags

How to Add More Flavor to Vegetable Soup

We love this vegetable soup and it’s very flavorful!  We season with our favorite herbs or add Italian Seasoning but you can add whatever you’d like! Here are a few additions to change the flavor:

  • replace canned tomatoes with spicy canned tomatoes
  • add a few dashes of hot sauce
  • fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro
  • parmesan cheese (or a cheese rind while cooking)
  • a very small amount of balsamic vinegar
  • tomato paste or bouillion
  • a splash of wine

How to Freeze Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup recipe is great because it can be made on the weekend to enjoy throughout the week and it freezes well. I spoon it into single servings and portion it into freezer bags.

They’re easy to take out for a quick meal or snack and perfect to heat up for a quick meal on the go. If you’re looking for something quick and healthy you’ll love this easy veggie soup recipe!

Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe

This Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe is one of our favorites! Completely loaded with veggies and flavor and naturally low in fat and calories it’s the perfect lunch, snack or starter!

  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage (approx. 1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 1 cup green beans (1″ pieces)
  • 2 whole bell peppers (chopped)
  • 1 can (28 oz low sodium diced tomatoes)
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon each thyme & basil
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  1. In a large pot cook onion & garlic over medium heat until slightly softened.
  2. Add carrots, cabbage & green beans and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in bell peppers, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer 6-7 minutes.
  4. Add in zucchini & broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened.
  5. Remove bay leaves before serving.

This is NOT medical advice. This recipe is provided for informational purposes and enjoyment only.  Eating this soup doesn’t guarantee weight loss.  Before starting any weight loss program, be sure to consult your doctor.

NOTE: Nutritional information auto-generated and is based on the quantities, amounts, and brands of products I used in this recipe.  Actual amounts may vary based on your preparation and products used.  Informational purposes only, this is not medical information or advice.

Easy Leftover Ham Soup (Slow Cooker)

Ham Bone Soup is the perfect way to use up your leftover baked ham. This easy recipe takes just a few minutes to put into the slow cooker and the results are amazing!

A meaty ham bone is slow cooked with veggies like potatoes, carrots, corn, and beans. Serve it with some easy dinner rolls for the perfect post-Christmas meal!

A delicious bowl of Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup with Vegetables

Comforting Soup Recipes

We love soups around the holidays. They are not only easy, but so comforting as the weather is less than favorable. I love making easy slow cooker soups like chicken noodle soup and Homemade French Onion Soup!

This ham bone vegetable soup recipe couldn’t be easier. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand, which makes the recipe a breeze!

Add the ingredients to your Crock Pot and let it work its magic (although you can of course cook it on the stove top if you’d prefer). You’re left with a freezable ham soup that the entire family will absolutely love!

A crock pot full of ham bone soup ready to serve

This ham bone soup recipe uses water because everything else in the recipe provides so much flavor already. If you want to boost it even more (or have any leftover from your turkey gravy), use some homemade turkey stock to bring it up a notch. I also love adding any veggies I have leftover from my turkey dinner!

Keep in mind ham already has quite a bit of salt so if you’re adding broth, I’d suggest a low sodium or no sodium version.

What To Do With Ham Bone

Because the ham bone has already been cooked, it will have a ton of flavor. It should be used rather than put to waste.

If you have a ham bone to use, making a ham and bean soup or split pea soup are the best ways to put it to good use! With a ham bone, you can easily put it in the freezer after your holiday meal and then just put it directly in the Crock Pot from frozen to make this ham bone soup.

Ingredients for the best Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup recipe in a Crock Pot

How To Make Ham Bone Soup

This is the best ham bone soup and since it is made in a slow cooker, all you really need to do is a tiny bit of prep. 

  • Dice, chop, and slice your veggies
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook until tender
  • Remove meat from the bone and add back into your soup

See, it is one of the simplest soups you will ever make. Enjoy!

A ladle of vegetable soup made from the best ham bone soup recipe

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Ham Bone Soup

A ham bone is slow cooked with veggies like potatoes, carrots, corn, and beans. Serve it with some easy dinner rolls for the perfect meal!

  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes (diced)
  • 3 carrots (sliced)
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 15 oz cannellini beans (drained and rinsed (white kidney beans))
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.

  2. Cover soup and cook on high 6 hours or low 9-10 hours.

  3. Remove ham bone, bay leaves and thyme stems (if using fresh thyme).

  4. Chop meat from the bone and add back into the soup. Stir and serve.

Braised red cabbage is easy and delicious!

Braised Red Cabbage is one of my favorite easy side dishes! Serve this colorful dish alongside stuffed pork tenderloin for a healthy and easy weeknight dinner!

Red cabbage recipes go back as far as the Great Depression and still appear frequently on tables across the country all year round.  Who doesn’t have fond memories of our grandmothers cooking red cabbage on the stove while the rest of dinner was being prepared?

A bowl filled with braised red cabbage ready to enjoy!

Braised Red Cabbage

This easy red cabbage recipe is a snap to put together because it requires so few ingredients and so little real prep. Braised Red Cabbage is a traditional recipe often found served alongside German main dishes.

Some braised cabbage recipes call for coarsely chopped red cabbage or thinly sliced. This cabbage cooks for a long time so I chop it about 1/2″ thick.  In this recipe, the apples are peeled and thinly sliced as apple peels can be a bit tough and chewy. Any way you slice it, the final result is a nutritious, filling, and surprisingly low carb side dish.

Colorful braised red cabbage in a stock pot.

How to Cook Red Cabbage

Most purple cabbage recipes call for it chopped or sliced and served cold in salads or slaws. Sauteed red cabbage is usually lightly cooked in oil or bacon grease and so that it stays a little bit crunchy.  

But this easy braised cabbage recipe is simmered down slowly so the sweetness of the apple and the tartness of the vinegar soak into the cabbage to create a colorfully fragrant dish! The flavor is a light sweet and sour, and the longer cook time makes a big  difference in the flavor of the dish.

Apple cider vinegar helps maintain the bright color of the cabbage as well as marinates the apple and cabbage flavors together resulting in a side dish that can be served hot or cold. You can top this braised cabbage with apple with a dollop of sour cream or serve alongside pork chops or meatloaf. Served cold, it can be a tangy and crunchy substitute for lettuce in a sandwich or wrap or served as a side salad with a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup!

Braised red cabbage can even be frozen for future use. Just be sure it is completely chilled and then portion into freezer bags and lie flat on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, stack horizontally or vertically. When you are ready to use, simply thaw, drain and re-adjust the seasonings!

Apples, onions, and red cabbage in a stock pot ready to make braised red cabbage

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Easy Braised Red Cabbage

Braised red cabbage is one of my favorite easy side dishes! Easy, healthy, and colorful, this braised cabbage recipe goes with just about everything!

  • 6 cups red cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 apple (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 onion (slivered)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water (may need more)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover.
  3. Cook covered for 90 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve warm.

Braised red cabbage is an easy side dish that the whole family will love! I love enjoying this recipe alongside meatloaf or pork tenderloin! #spendwithpennies #cabbage #brasiedcabbage #redcabbage #braisedredcabbage
Braised red cabbage is an easy side dish that the whole family will love! I love enjoying this recipe alongside meatloaf or pork tenderloin! #spendwithpennies #cabbage #brasiedcabbage #redcabbage #braisedredcabbage

Irresistible Homemade French Onion Soup!

French Onion Soup is a classic soup recipe for good reason! Sweet caramelized onions are simmered in a rich beefy broth to create a soup base that is loved by everyone!

Of course the best part of any french onion soup is the crusty bread crouton topped with gruyere or swiss cheese and broiled until golden and bubbly! Who could ever resist?

a bowl of french onion soup with broiled cheese

Onions for French Onion Soup

Walla Walla onions and Vidalia’s are large and sweet and meaty so a few will go a long way. I prefer to use half sweet onions and half regular yellow onions for just the right amount of sweetness.

Be sure to cook the onions slowly so they are uniformly golden and soft without browning. (Although you can also caramelize onions in the slow cooker the night before too)! If you’re using a sweeter onion, you can eliminate the bit of brown sugar.

What Kind of Cheese

Gruyere, which is a type of mild swiss cheese, is commonly added to top a french onion soup recipe. It has a mild flavor and melts perfectly over the bread.

There are no hard and fast rules for a cheese option; many people use a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Why not experiment with other soft, melty cheeses like Brie or Havarti, or even blue cheese crumbles?

Broiling: French onion soup can be broiled in almost any bowl on low. You can find french onion soup crocks online or at the dollar store. If you don’t have an oven safe bowl, simply broil the cheese over toast and add to your soup.

A ladle of french onion soup ready for serving.

How to Make French Onion Soup

While I often make Slow Cooker Onion Soup, this stovetop French onion soup is one of my husband’s favorites! It does take a bit of time, but most of the time spent is hands off (simmering etc).

  1. Caramelize Onions: Low heat, nice and slow is the way to go. This step takes a while but the results are worth it.
  2. Add Wine/Seasoning: Any variety of wine works, French onion soup is very forgiving and the wine is really just an acidic base that helps marry all the flavors. If you have leftover red, use that. Even sherry or cognac will do!
  3. Simmer: Allowing time to simmer adds great flavor to this soup recipe! French onion soup broth should have a transparent caramel color.
  4. Broil Cheese: The best part of course! Ladle the soup into bowls (almost any ceramic bowl should be fine under a low broil) and top with bread and cheese. Broil until golden.

The. Best. Ever.

A pot of french onion soup and bread ready to eat

What to Serve with French Onion Soup

We serve it as a starter to a steak dinner or roasted pork tenderloin.

Eaten as a meal of it’s own, it can be paired simply with a salad, a side of sliced apples, pears and cheese or it can stand alone with extra crusty bread or seasoned croutons!  Any way you serve it, a classic French onion soup will be a go-to recipe all year round!

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French Onion Soup

A rich beef broth filled with caramelized onions and topped with a golden bubbly cheese.

  • 3 large onions (peeled and sliced)
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 8 cups beef broth (64 oz)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dry)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 baguette
  • 3 cups gruyere cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
  1. Slice onions 1/4″ thick. Cook onions stirring occasionally over low heat in melted butter (with sugar if using) until golden, about 30-45 minutes.

  2. Add wine, beef broth, bay leaf, thyme, black pepper and worcestershire. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove bay leaf and thyme and discard.

  3. Meanwhile, slice bread and brush with olive oil. Broil 2 minutes per side or until golden. 

  4. Ladle soup into ceramic bowls. Add 2 slices of bread in each bowl. Divide cheeses over bowls and broil until golden and bubbly.

Sweeter varieties of onions may not need the sugar.

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French Onion Soup is one of our favorite recipes with golden onions, a rich beefy broth and croutons. We top this soup with a cheese and broil until bubbly. #spendwithpennies #onionsoup #frenchonionsoup #souprecipe #homemadesoup

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach side is a wonderful addition to any holiday meal and the perfect side for any weeknight meal! It’s quick, easy and delicious!

We often serve this creamed spinach recipe with Pork Tenderloin or a juicy steak but to be honest, I love it spooned over Mashed Potatoes too!

A white serving dish full of colorful creamed spinach.

From Spinach Artichoke Dip to Spinach Pinwheels, I love the combination of sweet spinach and a creamy base.

What is Creamed Spinach?

Creamed spinach is a side dish often served with steaks or even Oven Baked Chicken Breasts. This recipe is a delicious combination of tender sweet spinach in a creamy sauce (and has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid)!

Creamed Spinach starts with fresh spinach (although you can use frozen), stems removed and chopped. I prefer the flavor of fresh spinach as it has a more delicate flavor. For four servings of creamed spinach you will need 1lb of fresh spinach. It will look like a huge mountain of spinach but it cooks down to a very small amount!

While it may not be traditional, the addition of cream cheese makes a the sauce rich and creamy and turns this into the go for seconds kind of creamed spinach!

Fresh spinach piled on a silver baking sheet prepped and ready to make creamed spinach

How To Make Creamed Spinach

What makes this creamed spinach recipe a stand-out? This easy side dish recipe is easy to make, full of flavor and reheats well!

  1. Remove stems from spinach and chop.
  2. Cook spinach in a pan 3 minutes, drain.
  3. Heat sauce ingredients and seasonings.
  4. Stir in spinach and serve.

If you are using frozen spinach, be sure to thaw and squeeze dry so your dish isn’t watery! For fresh spinach, a good rule of thumb is to chop about 16 ounces of trimmed spinach to equal a standard 10 package of frozen spinach. Remove any tough stems before chopping.

Sauteed spinach being added to a pan of simmering cream sauce to create a delicious creamed spinach side dish

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Creamed Spinach

This easy creamed spinach side is a wonderful addition to any elegant holiday meal, a neighborhood potluck or even a holiday work function. 

  • 1 lb fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Wash and dry spinach if using fresh. Remove any tough stems and roughly chop.
  2. Cook spinach in a pan with olive oil over medium heat until wilted and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a strainer to drain.
  3. Add onion and butter to the pan and cook on medium low heat until onion is softened. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer while stirring until smooth. Simmer 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Squeeze any excess moisture out of the spinach. Add back to the pan and stir to combine. Heat through and serve.

Fresh spinach can be substituted with 10oz frozen chopped spinach

 

Creamed spinach is a delicious side dish for just about any meal. We love how easy it is to whip up this delicate and delicious side! #spendwithpennies #spinach #creamedspinach #veggies #creamy #sidedish

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers! These deliciously easy stuffed peppers are the perfect meal to come home to!
Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers! These are deliciously easy to make!

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers are not only delicious but so easy to put together! Come home to dinner waiting for you with these easy Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers!

We serve these easy slow cooker peppers with a side salad and of course some crusty bread or Buttermilk Biscuits to sop up any leftover sauces!

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers! Easy stuffed peppers made in a slow cooker

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

I love using my slow cooker, especially in the fall and winter months to have dinner ready to come home to. I sometimes get tired of the same ol’ ho-hum going into the slow cooker and these easy stuffed bell peppers are a change from the usual.

Make Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers Fit Your Tastes

My whole family loves these slow cooker stuffed peppers. You can make substitutions to make this your own!

  • Replace the ground beef for ground turkey or substitute half sausage.
  • If you have other veggies in the fridge you’d like to use up, just chop them up with the meat and add them in!
  • Any type of rice works well with this recipe too, I’ve used white, brown and even Cauliflower Rice!
  • Change the seasonings to change the meal and make these into delicious Mexican Stuffed Peppers.

It is important to make sure your rice is slightly undercooked before it goes into the slow cooker so it doesn’t turn mushy.

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers placed inside a slow cooker

Crock Pot Stuffed peppers are great because you can leave them cooking while you’re out of the house and unlike my usual Stuffed Peppers the peppers don’t need to be pre-cooked.

To Make Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers Ahead of Time

Prepare as directed until step 4. When you’re ready to cook them, place in the slow cooker, top with broth and tomatoes and set the slow cooker to high for 3 hours.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Tender Bell Peppers filled with a beef, rice and tomato filling and cooked to perfection in the slow cooker.

  • 2/3 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes (canned, undrained)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 6 bell peppers (red, green, yellow or orange)
  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in rice, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 15-18 minutes or just until water is evaporated. (Rice should be slightly underdone).
  2. Brown beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. Stir in 2/3 of the can of tomatoes, seasoning, chili flakes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce until mixed. Add cooked rice and remove from heat.

  4. Cut the tops off of your peppers and place in your slow cooker. Fill each 1/2 way with the rice mixture add 1/4 cup cheese and top with the rice mixture (it’s ok if they overflow a little bit).
  5. Spoon remaining tomatoes and broth over top of peppers and cook on high about 3 hours or until soft. 5 minutes before serving, place remaining cheese on top of peppers and close the lid until cheese melts.

Make sure your rice is slightly undercooked to make sure it doesn’t get mushy.

 

Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup is a cool weather staple around here and it’s easy to make in the crock pot and perfect for any leftover baked ham! A simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are.

This easy slow cooker ham and potato soup is perfect served alongside our favorite 30 Minute Dinner Rolls with a fresh Kale Salad!

Crockpot ham and potato soup in a big bowl topped with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Few things are as comforting as a delicious and creamy soup on a cold winter day!  Even better is coming home to dinner after a busy day of work or errands!

I truly love potato soup, it’s so comforting!  One of my very best friends made this delicious Ham and Potato soup for me for lunch one day!  It was a chilly day and this warmed me from the inside out! (Thanks Dee, you’re the best)!

Since then, I’ve made this soup so many times.  It’s always delicious and never lasts long around here!  This is one of those soups that is fabulous the first day just as amazing leftover… (and any time I can cook once, eat twice is a good thing around here)!

Technically you could consider this delicious soup a potato chowder as it is a thick creamy soup that is generally chunky.  Regardless of what you call it, it’s absolutely delicious! While chowders often contain fish (like seafood chowder), they can contain a variety of vegetables or meat and still be considered a chowder (like Slow Cooker Corn Chowder)!

A Crock Pot full of delicious ingredients for ham and potato soup.

How To Thicken Potato Soup

One thing I particularly love about this soup is that it uses potatoes to thicken it without adding in a lot of heavy cream and butter.  While the flavor and texture are rich and creamy, it’s not loaded up with fat and calories!

If you are trying to curb your dairy or fat intake, you can thicken this ham potato soup recipe (or other potato soup recipes) with mashed up potatoes and carrots right before it is served. This will make it slightly creamy but with just enough rustic chunkiness and not too rich. Simply scoop out a couple cups of potatoes and carrots and gently mash, then return to the Crock Pot. Adjust for flavor with salt and pepper and let everyone dig in!

If you’d like it even thicker, you can also add in a few potato flakes to reach desired thickness. If you’d prefer, you can also create a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water), stir it in and let it simmer in the crock pot 15 minutes on high.

A bowl of slow cooker creamy ham and potato soup full of ham, carrots, and herbs.

I most often use leftovers from my fave Crock Pot Ham or  a ham bone to make this soup but if you don’t have leftovers, it works perfectly with diced ham steaks from the grocery store too! If you’d like to make this into a cheesy ham and potato soup, stir in a handful of cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese just before serving.  Remember that dairy can curdle at high temperatures so when you don’t want to cook it too long in the slow cooker. Once you add the milk and sour cream (and cheeses if you add any), you just want to make sure everything is heated through.

Can You Freeze Potato Soup with Ham?

Most creamy soups and chowders can be easily frozen, including this ham and potato soup recipe. All you have to do is put leftover soup in the fridge overnight to make sure it is completely cooled. Then, pour into a plastic freezer bag and lay flat on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, simply stack them up and you have a grab-and-go meal for another busy day!

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Easy Ham and Potato Soup in the Crock Pot

Ham and Potato soup is a simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham. It cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are!

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  • 7 cups potatoes (, diced)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large carrot (, chopped)
  • 2-3 cups ham (, diced)
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • pepper to taste
  • 5 cups Ready to Serve Chicken Broth ((I use low sodium))
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Add diced potatoes, onion, carrot, ham, thyme, parsley, pepper & broth to a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low 7 hours, or high 3 hours.
  3. Remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes/carrots and mash, then return the mashed mixture to the crock pot.
  4. Add milk and sour cream. Stir and cook an additional 15 minutes. Add pepper to taste. Makes twelve 1-cup servings.

Ham and Potato Soup made in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is one of our favorite meals to come home to! As with any traditional French onion soup, this recipe features a beefy broth loaded with caramelized onions and herbs and topped with an amazing Gruyere cheese topping!

French Onion Soup in individual serving dishes

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Crockpot French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is one of my husband’s all-time favorites. It’s the perfect meal for any soup lover!

For me it’s all about the bread and cheese…  all soaked in that rich herby onion broth and then broiled until the cheese gets all hot and bubbly. Scooping up the first bite of that ooey gooey cheese is like a little taste of heaven.

While French Onion Soup is good, I do think that a good broth takes a long time to develop great flavor which is something I love about this recipe.

In this easy French Onion Soup recipe, the onions and broth have the chance meld in the slow cooker all day long creating a rich and flavorful soup.  Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of slow cooker meals because I love coming home to dinner ready to go!

It just seems to make the evening run that much smoother, at least in my house with activities, homework and soccer practices!

French Onion Soup made from crockpot French Onion Soup recipe

Why do they Call It French Onion Soup?

French onion soup actually originated in France in the 18th century and has been a traditional soup of France ever since.  This soup is most often served as a starter, however, we love to enjoy it (with extra bread and a salad) as a meal.

How do you Make French Onion Soup from Scratch

To make french onion soup completely from scratch you’d want to start with your own homemade broth or stock. While I often make chicken broth from scratch for this recipe I usually use a lower sodium store-bought broth.  Either will work just fine.

Caramelizing the onions does take a little bit of time but it’s totally worth the effort.  You want them translucent and golden without browning or crisping them so low and slow heat is the way to go with these!  You don’t have to stir them constantly but you do want to make sure they aren’t cooking too quickly.

While I caramelize them on the stove top for convenience, you can actually caramelize them right in your slow cooker too but it does take 8-10 hours!  If you get them started the night before, you can wake up to caramelized onions, add the remaining ingredients and you’re good to go!

How to Caramelize Onions in the Slow Cooker

Combine 3lbs sliced onions, 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Stir and cook on low 8-10 hours.  (You would need half of these onions for this recipe but can add more if you like. You can freeze the other half to add to mashed potatoes, casseroles, soups and more). (Note you do not need brown sugar if you use this method, the onions have enough natural sugars).

how to make french onion soup in the crock pot

What is the Best Onion to Use in French Onion Soup

When making French onion soup, you’ll want an onion that will caramelize well and have the right amount of sweetness.

I find using regular white onions provides the best results as sweet onions can overpower the broth and tend to create a soup that is too sweet.

If you happen to have only sweet onions on hand, I would suggest eliminating any sugar from the recipe.

What kind of cheese is best for French Onion Soup?

The bread and cheese topping is one of my favorite parts of this recipe.  Using Gruyere and Emmental cheeses really make this dish amazing, however, you can substitute mozzarella/ parmesan/ swiss if it’s all you have on hand.

I love to ladle this into bowls, add the cheese and broil, however, you can simply place the bread & under a broiled on a pan and add it to your bowls if you prefer.

Serve this French Onion Soup with a side salad and some extra bread for a delicious dinner!

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is one of our favorite meals to come home to! A rich beefy broth loaded with caramelized onions and herbs and topped with an amazing Gruyere cheese topping!

  • 3 large white onions (, sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 64 oz Beef Broth ((I use reduced sodium))
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (, minced)
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme ((or 1 tsp dried Thyme))
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 8 slices dry french bread
  • 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese (, shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Emmental cheese (, shredded)
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
  1. In a large non-stick pan, cook onions, butter and brown sugar over medium low heat until golden and caramelized. (About 20 minutes).
  2. Once golden, add to the slow cooker along with remaining ingredients except bread and cheeses.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove and discard bay leaf and ladle the soup into bowls. Top with dry bread slices and cheeses. Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.

If you don’t have dry bread, slice your loaf and dry it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 5-7 minutes. Cool completely.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is one of our favorite meals to come home to! A rich herby onion broth topped with cheese and broiled until hot and bubbly.
Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is one of our favorite meals to come home to! A rich herby onion broth topped with cheese and broiled until hot and bubbly.

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Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast is an easy way to enjoy turkey without having to roast a whole turkey and best of all it needs under an hour to cook and comes out tender and juicy every time! The skin is deliciously crisp with olive oil and fresh herbs.

This makes a great Thanksgiving dinner recipe for smaller groups or for any time of year when you’re craving easy home cooked turkey (and it’s perfect for turkey sandwiches too)!

Roast Turkey Breast ready to serveThanksgiving Turkey Made Easy

We love Thanksgiving dinner around here, and turkey is always the star of the show. We always prepare a few other dishes like stuffing and mashed potatoes.

While a whole turkey takes a lot of time, roasting turkey breast (or even a spatchcock turkey) is much quicker!

Ingredients for Roasted Turkey Breast

This recipe is incredibly simple and has lots of flavor!

  • Turkey Breast: Start with a large boneless turkey breast. If you have a bone-in breast, this recipe still works you’ll just need to increase the cooking time (see note below).
  • Olive Oil: Next rub the skin with oil, this helps it crisp up.
  • Herbs & Seasonings: Finally fresh herbs (dried work too, if using dried, add them to the olive oil) and lots of salt and pepper.

That’s it. Fuss free.

We also love using this for simple turkey soups, hot turkey sandwiches or in place of chicken in recipes like chicken salad. It works for just about everything!

Turkey breast with fresh herbs ready to bake (roast turkey breast recipe)

How To Cook A Turkey Breast

It’s so easy to make turkey breast like a pro!

  1. Brush it with a bit of olive oil.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and fresh herbs.
  3. Roast until it reaches 165°F.

The method for roasting a bone in turkey breast is the same as this boneless turkey breast, but the cooking time may increase depending on size as the bone affects the way that heat is distributed throughout the meat.

Check the temperature with a meat thermometer, being careful not to hit the bone, it should read 165°F!

How Long To Roast A Turkey Breast

Roast Turkey Breast is incredibly fast to make compared to a whole turkey!

  • Boneless turkey breast (about 3 pounds) cooks in about about 50 minutes.
  • Bone-in turkey breast (approx. 6 lbs) will take 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hrs to cook depending on size.

Roast Turkey Breast fresh out of the oven ready to be sliced

Tips for Juicy Turkey Breast

#1. A Thermometer

If you don’t have one, I cannot recommend one enough. They are not expensive (under $20) and will not only make you look like a rockstar of a cook, but an inexpensive thermometer will ensure your meat is never dry or overcooked again!  I use them for everything (especially leaner cuts of meat) from Pork Tenderloin to Oven Baked Chicken Breasts.

I love the kind that are left in the meat while it’s in the oven and you can keep an eye on it like this thermometer here (not opening the oven is a huge time saver). 

#2. Start With a High Temperature

The second thing that makes this roast turkey breast amazing is starting the oven at a higher temp. This seals the juices into the meat right away to keep it from drying it out.

#3. Rest Before Slicing

It is important to rest a turkey breast roast (or any meat for that matter) before slicing. The juices raise to the outside of the meat during roasting. Resting it allows them to be redistributed throughout before you slice into it!

How To Reheat Roasted Turkey Breast

You can do this easily in a microwave, oven, or on the stovetop very easily! Just watch that you are heating it and not cooking further.

To keep it juicy while you heat it up, add a splash of turkey broth or chicken stock to the meat before you heat it up. It will taste like it just got roasted every time!

The Best Turkey Dinner Sides

Our Thanksgiving meal comes with all the fixin’s from Perfect Mashed Potatoes to Corn Casserole. I love the planning, the shopping… and the friends and family around the table.

Roast Turkey Breast

Roast turkey breast is an easy way to enjoy turkey without having to roast a whole bird. This easy roast turkey breast recipe comes out tender and juicy every time, making it the ideal dinner for any night. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce!

  • 1 turkey breast ( boneless approx. 2.5-3.5lbs or bone-in approx 5lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoon fresh herbs (chopped *see note)
  • salt and black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Tie the turkey breast (if it is not tied or in a net already).
  3. Brush the turkey breast with olive oil. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs.
  4. Place the turkey breast in a small casserole dish and nestle onions (and extra herbs if desired) alongside the turkey.
  5. Roast the boneless turkey breast for 15 minutes.

  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and roast an additional 25-40 minutes until temperature in the thickest part reaches 165°F.

  7. Remove from oven and let rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Herbs: I use a combination of parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Cooking time will vary based shape and size of turkey breast.

Bone-In Turkey Breast:This method works with bone in turkey breast as well. Preheat oven to 425°F and cook 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F.  A large bone in turkey breast (approx. 6 lbs) will take 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hrs to cook depending on size.

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Roasted Turkey Breasts sliced and in a white dish

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