Crockpot Hamburger Soup Recipe!

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As most of you know by now, I rely on my crock pot quite a bit to cook. Here is my hamburger soup crock pot recipe! I haven’t been able to find one specific to the crock pot online so this is what I came up with, try it out and see how you like it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of browned ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2oz package of dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 package of mixed vegitables

 

Directions:

First you are going to brown your hamburger meat in a frying pan, the reason I did this is because I didn’t want my meat to be too soft since it is ground beef and I didn’t want it to turn into mush in the crock pot! Next you are going to chop up your celery, add all your ingredients to your slow cooker and start it on high for about 5 1/2 to 6 hours. That’s all there is to it! This is one of the quickest crock pot meals I’ve made as far as preparation goes and time to cook as well! It tastes super delicious and is great for these chilly months!

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Creamy Cheesy Spaghetti Bake

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I haven’t met a mom yet that doesn’t use spaghetti as their go-to quick meal, when they are too tired to cook or too unmotivated to look for ingredients in their kitchen. Who doesn’t love spaghetti?! It’s cheap, simple, and quick to make, plus it’s super tasty! Sometimes it can get boring, so what do you do when your kids and your husband whine, “Spaghetti again?” I have an awesome recipe for a creamy cheesy spaghetti bake! Its spaghetti – but with a creamy twist and it is so tasty! You could even freeze this meal in a tin foil dish and bake it later for those really lazy days (I always have them!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  •  ground beef (1-2 lbs)
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start your noodles boiling and cook your ground beef. Strain the grease from the meat and add in your sauce until it is heated through. Spray a glass pan or foil lasagna pan with some cooking spray. Add your noodle to the pan. Add the cream cheese to your meat and sauce and stir in until completely mixed. Layer sauce mixture onto noodles. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes and enjoy!. You could also store in the freezer and bake at a later time. I hope you enjoyed this super simple “mom meal” and trust me its delicious! your family will definitely love it. Don’t forget to subscribe for more yummy recipes and fun ideas!

 

Making Homemade Fruit Leathers out of Applesauce!

After making 12 jars of applesauce, I wanted to use some of that to make some homemade fruit leathers or “fruit roll-ups” to use some of it up. This is a super easy homemade snack that is good for you too! It’s basically just dehydrated fruit and you can do it with other fruit purées as well. You don’t need to make your own applesauce for this either you can use store bought if you wish to make a healthier option to fruit snacks.

What you’ll Need:

  • Applesauce (I made 3 cookie sheets worth of fruit leathers and it took 5 16 oz jars of applesauce for this. You can adjust depending on how much you want to make.)
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Wax paper
  • twine, ribbon, yarn, or rubber bands
  • freezer bags or other air tight storage container
  • scissors

Directions:

First you are going to preheat your oven to 175 degrees and then line your cookie sheet with wax paper. Spread out your applesauce or other fruit purée until its flat and even. Let the sauce dehydrate in the oven for about 8 hours (it will begin to darken). Take your fruit leather out and let it cool for a little bit then transfer it to another sheet of wax paper. I did this because the wax paper it cooks on becomes very greasy. Once you have it transferred over, cut it into strips of whatever size you prefer and roll the strips up. Tie them with whatever type of string you chose to use such as yarn, ribbon, twine, or rubber bands (I used twine I bought from the dollar tree!) Make sure you store your fruit in an air tight container (I used freezer storage bags) and keep it in a cool dry place. You can also freeze your fruit leathers, but dehydrated fruit keeps very well. I hope you enjoyed this simple little snack making activity! Its especially great for this time of year when apples and other goodies are in season.

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Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

After our family trip to a local orchard we ended up with a ton of apples, so I decided to make some applesauce which is one of my sons favorite snacks. I love to use my crockpot for everything! This recipe will make your house smell super amazing and get you in the fall spirit too!

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 apples of different varieties (varies depending on size)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar ( I made a batch of each and prefer brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup of water or apple cider (I used water)
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Directions:

First you are going to want to wash and peel your apples ( can leave peels on if you plan to use a blender or food processor, they have the most nutrients!), then core and slice them into fours. I sliced some of mine smaller because I had such large apples. Toss them into your slow cooker with the lemon juice then add in the rest of your ingredients. Cook your sauce on high for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, and that’s it! You just made homemade applesauce!! This recipe made 4 16oz mason jars worth of sauce for me and I cooked 2 batches at the same time. You could decorate your jars with some twine and give them to family members as a nice fall gift, or keep it for yourself because it’s so good! I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I will be using some of this sauce to make homemade fruit leathers check back in for a tutorial and recipe on that as well! Leave me a comment with your thoughts on this recipe!

 

Fall/Winter Crockpot Potato Corn Chowder

Here’s another delicious crockpot recipe that’s especially good for fall and winter. As a mom I know how extremely hard it is to motivate yourself to put a decent meal on the table every night, which is why I like to have a vast knowledge of crockpot recipes ready to go. I absolutely love clam chowder but I find seafood dishes to be too expensive to shop for on a regular basis where as this recipe is easy in terms of keeping ingredients on hand. Alright Cinderellas! Let’s get cooking!


Ingredients:

  • 6 potatoes
  • 2 celery stocks
  • 1/2 onion (or more depending on your preference)
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 cans of drained corn
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 3 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and Pepper (season to taste)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions:

First you are going to want to chop up your potatoes, celery, and onion and dump them in your slow cooker. Add in garlic, corn, chicken broth, water, salt and pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours then take out about half of your chowder mixture and mash it with a potato masher, blender, or food processor. Stir mixture back into the pot and add in your heavy cream. Cook for about 10-15 more minutes with the lid off then add more salt and pepper to taste! Woohoo congratulations on making a delicious and hearty meal for your family!


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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup!

Since fall is upon us it’s time to bust out the crockpot, (my favorite kitchen item!) and whip up some hearty soups. One of my favorite recipes is this simple chicken noodle soup. It’s great for a rainy day, not too complicated and is one of my go to recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 4 chopped celery stocks
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups of chicken broth/stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • About 3-4 cups egg noodles

Directions:

First you are going to add your chicken to the crockpot, then add in all your chopped vegetables, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth, water, Rosemary, sage, thyme, celery seed, salt and paper to taste. Cook your soup on low for 6 to 7 hours, then shred your chicken once it’s cooked and tender. Add in your egg noodles and lemon juice then cook for another 10-15 minutes on high. It’s ready!

This is a great fall/winter recipe, because it’s warm and hearty. I love this soup and cooking in the crockpot, it is a busy moms best friend! The ingredients aren’t outrageous either so if you are looking for a delicious recipe for this fall and winter season, your family will thank you for this! Don’t forget to subscribe for more posts like this and leave your feedback below!