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Cheddar Spirals

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
2 cups half-and-half cream
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the cream, soup and butter until smooth; stir in the cheese and pasta. Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 hours or until cheese is melted. Yield: 15 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Cheddar Spirals

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Beef and Veggie Soup

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained, optional
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional

Directions
In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, beans if desired, vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheese, sour cream and chips if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Freeze Beefy Vegetable Soup in serving-size containers for quick, no fuss lunches.

Recipe found here: Beef and Veggie Soup

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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

Ingredients
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Directions
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.

Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

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Coffee-Braised Short Ribs

Ingredients
4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1 whole garlic bulb, cloves separated, peeled and slightly crushed
4 cups strong brewed coffee
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons butter

Directions
Sprinkle ribs with 1 teaspoon salt, coriander and pepper. In a large skillet, brown ribs in oil in batches. Using tongs, transfer ribs to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add potatoes and onion.

Add broth to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in garlic and remaining salt; add to slow cooker. Pour coffee over top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove ribs and potatoes to a serving platter; keep warm. Strain cooking juices into a small saucepan; skim fat. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in vinegar. Remove from the heat; whisk in butter. Serve with ribs and potatoes. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Coffee-Braised Short Ribs

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Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1 envelope onion mushroom soup mix
1 cup water
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups frozen peas, thawed

Directions
Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with soup mix, pressing to help seasonings adhere. Add water, mushrooms, onion and garlic.

Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender (a thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°). Stir in peas; cook, covered, 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

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Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Ingredients
2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 3-inch pieces
2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise and cut into 3-inch pieces
8 small red potatoes, quartered
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 medium lemon, halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-1/2 teaspoons paprika

Directions
Place carrots, celery and potatoes in a 6-qt. slow cooker; toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Place lemon halves and garlic in chicken cavity. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together.

Place chicken over vegetables in slow cooker, breast side up. Mix rosemary, lemon juice, oil, paprika and remaining salt; rub over chicken.

Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°; and vegetables are tender.

Remove chicken to a serving platter; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

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Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

Ingredients
1 loaf white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
Nonstick cooking spray
Maple syrup and bananas, for serving

Preparation
Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, maple syrup and orange zest. Add in the toasted bread cubes and toss in the egg mixture. Add in walnuts.

Line the crock of a slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the bread and egg mixture into the slow cooker and dot the top with the cubed butter.

Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

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