A good vegetarian slow-cooker dinner is one of those meals you cherish on busy weeknights when you come home exhausted, hungry and craving something nourishing, comforting, and satisfying. We’ve rounded up eight delicious, easy, and family-friendly vegetarian slow-cooker recipes for you to try and enjoy.
Slow-cooker vegetarian chilli
Grab your slow cooker for this gorgeous vegetarian chilli from Chew Out Loud, loaded with beans, bell peppers, and fire-roasted tomatoes. The recipe only takes 30 minutes of prep time: once you’ve chopped the ingredients, you just throw them in the slow cooker and let it work its magic. Once your chilli is ready, you can pep it up with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of cilantro to enhance the flavour. This healthy meal will become your go-to dish when you want a filling and nutritious dinner.
Slow-cooker vegetable soup
Loaded with colourful ingredients and rich flavours, this vegetable soup from Add a Pinch bursts with deliciousness and warmth. Healthy but hearty, this dish is an excellent vegetarian and gluten-free meal that smells like home. The secret to a good soup is a slow simmer, and that’s where our slow cooker comes in handy. After simmering away in the slow cooker, you can divide this delicious soup into portions and store it in the fridge or freezer for a quick and nourishing dinner. This recipe is filling without being high in calories, and it’s a tasty way to eat more vegetables.
Slow-cooker vegetable stew
You will love this hearty, creamy slow-cooker vegetable stew that is both comforting and low in fat and calories. Loaded with fresh vegetables, beans, potatoes, and mushrooms, this warm and hearty dish is the perfect comfort food for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Easy to make, this recipe from The Spruce Eats only requires a few minutes of chopping the vegetables, and the slow cooker takes care of the rest.
Ratatouille is one of those dishes that reminds you just how great vegetables can be, on their own, without any additional ingredients. It’s a traditional French recipe – essentially, a rich vegetable stew – that can be adapted to suit your taste. The colourful vegetables can be simmered to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, and it’s pretty easy to do with the help of a slow cooker. You can serve this beautiful ratatouille from The Kitchn over rice or quinoa, tossed with pasta, as a vegetarian or vegan side, or spooned onto toasted bread. This ratatouille is insanely hearty and bursting with deliciousness – you won’t believe the incredible depth of flavour packed into all those veggies.
Slow-cooker vegetable curry
This simple slow-cooker vegetable curry from Kitchen Mason tastes fantastic and is packed with chunky, vibrant, and delicious vegetables. This recipe is easy to adapt with whatever you have on hand, and bursting with flavour. Just mix everything together and leave it to cook away. If you’re looking for another tasty curry recipe, check out our curry recipe with coconut milk and rice.
Slow-cooker breakfast beans
This easy breakfast beans recipe from This Healthy Kitchen is sweet with a kick of heat, and the nutritious beans are slowly cooked to absorb all of the smoky, savoury aromas. Slow cooking brings out all the flavours, so you get some great-tasting beans that everyone will love. They’re fun to cook and even more fun to eat.
Slow-cooker mac and cheese
This slow cooker mac and cheese from Taste of Home is creamy and comforting, and it takes just moments to assemble – just throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook for you. This mac and cheese recipe combines milk, cheddar, eggs, butter and paprika for an indulgent, rich sauce. An excellent dish to serve at family get-togethers and potluck dinners, this classic casserole is always a hit.
Slow-cooker vegetable lasagna
Slow cookers are great for stews and soups, but they also make great lasagna. In this brilliant slow-cooker vegetable lasagna recipe from Sidewalk Shoes, all you have to do is chop your mushrooms and zucchini, then layer them into the slow cooker. This recipe is packed with good-for-you ingredients and only requires a few pantry staples. If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate this culinary favourite, check out our mushroom lasagna, spinach lasagna, asparagus lasagna, and this classic lasagna bolognese.