Set It & Forget It

7 Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes That Are High Comfort, Low Effort

No muss, no fuss (no meat).

June 18, 2020

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners. I can't stop making old-fashioned meals like beef stroganoff in mine, for instance. (Can you?)

But when community member Ann S. commented, "I wish this list included some nice vegetarian slow-cooker options. After all, people who don't eat meat also like to solo-binge TV, too," many others echoed her sentiment.

So we're coming back to the Crock-Pot, this time armed with hearty, soul-satisfying vegetarian recipes for soups, stews, and even slow-cooker artichokes (who knew?). All ideal accompaniments to your next stay-at-home Netflix marathon session. Because everyone could use a break, a little set-it-and-forget-it cooking to get through the week.

Our Best Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes

1. Slow-Cooker Shiitake-Noodle Hot & Sour Soup

In this umami-rich hot and sour soup, dried mushrooms are slowly rehydrated in a satisfying broth flavored with white and red-wine vinegar, soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce, and ginger.

2. Slow-Cooker Creamy Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Soup

This coconutty cauliflower and sweet potato soup is as easy as it gets—just toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker, let 'em get nice and soft, then blend up the soup and enjoy.

3. Slow-Cooker Lemon-Thyme Steamed Artichokes

Whole, tender artichokes—prepared without any fuss whatsoever in the slow cooker—welcome drizzles of the warm bagna cauda sauce that accompanies this recipe.

4. Slow-Cooker Lentil & Root Veggie Soup

The secret to this slower-cooker soup's depth of flavor? The addition of leftover Parmesan cheese rinds (don't throw them out!) in the broth.

5. Slow-Cooker Indian-Spiced Lentils With Spinach

The reviews are in, and these slow-cooker lentils are a universal hit. "Terrific recipe for a nourishing and flavorful main dish," one community member wrote.

6. Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Shakshuka

This spicy, stewy shakshuka makes an excellent meal any time of day, from breakfast to dinner—just don't forget a side of crusty bread or pita to sop up all that saucy goodness.

7. Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Lentil Soup

This supremely comforting, veggie-filled soup will become a part of your regular weekly rotation. Prep it in the morning, let the slow cooker do its thing, and have a bowlful ready by dinnertime.

Recipes excerpted from Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow and EatingWell Soups © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Photography © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Nan G. November 11, 2018
OK, cooked the artichoke recipe yesterday for HOURS and then just had them at lunch today.
They were really great!
Better than most versions (grilled is still my tops) and the long steaming made them edible up further on each leaf than usual.
A lovely unexpected pleasure.
Eric K. November 11, 2018
Nan, that's so great to hear! Glad you liked them.

Don't you just love those unexpected pleasures in the kitchen?
Georgine November 9, 2018
I LOVE the vegetarian content--thank you!--but I think you need to check the definition of Netflix & chill :)!
sue November 13, 2018
Oh, my!
Nan G. November 9, 2018
That artichoke recipe sounds wonderful.
And all of them, really.
I love meatless meals and when they are good for you plus taste great that makes them keepers.
Eric K. November 9, 2018
Me too, Nan.
Maria L. November 7, 2018
Is pancetta suddenly vegetarian? It's in the lentil soup.
Eric K. November 7, 2018
Hi Maria, the pancetta's listed as optional!
Ann S. November 6, 2018
Hey, thanks, Eric! That hot and sour soup has my name all over it 😋
Eric K. November 6, 2018
Me too, Ann. :)