16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

October  8, 2015

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.

And then there are the long autumn and winter days that turn to night far too quickly, when we'll jump at any excuse to stay indoors. Puttering lends itself to projects, and that's where these meals come in. Thirty-minute meals these are not, though we promise they're not fussy. While the former sizzle and boil, these prefer to cook slowly—simmering on the backburner or braising until they're fall-apart tender—and leave you to your own devices whilst you knit socks, add kindling to the fire, and do other things that putterers do.

Here are 16 of our favorite slow-cooking meals to make on slow weekend afternoons:

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Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk by Genius Recipes



Secret Ingredient Beef Stew by SmallKitchCara


Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles by gingerroot


Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever by Genius Recipes


Dan Barber's Braised Short Ribs by Amanda Hesser



Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Bread Crumbs, and a Poached Egg by Alexandra Stafford



Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup by foxeslovelemons

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Pavo En Kol Indio by aargersi



Sweet and Savory Overnight Roast Pork by Merrill Stubbs



Warming Red Pozole by monkeymom



Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast by Genius Recipes


Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew) by creamtea


Diana Kennedy's Carnitas by Genius Recipes


Short Rib Chili by lastnightsdinner


Matilda, Maple & Garlic Pork Shoulder with Crispy Skin by ENunn


Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup by Genius Recipes


What's the one meal you'll labor over all day—just because it's so good? Tell us in the comments.

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Fond of large dogs, tiny houses, pungent cheese, and dessert for dinner (or breakfast).


Madeline A. October 9, 2015
Homemade shoyu ramen!
kitchen_witch October 9, 2015
a great curry or tagine which really should take 2 days. will also add a really great roast with all the trimmings
andyandollie October 8, 2015
Julia Child's beouf bourguignon!
Diari October 10, 2015
I second that! It's perfect!
gigi January 27, 2014
pictures of the food are outstanding and the titles match.... there's a certain nostalgia they engender...I'm from a different generation and your recipes take me there. BRAVO!!! thanks, Gg