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Too many slow cookers live at the back of our kitchen cupboards. Unloved, unused and probably rather dusty. That's a shame because they are a fabulous tool for creating an abundance of home-cooked food with a minimum of fuss.

One of the key benefits of a slow cooker is they act as one-pot dishes for most meals. Another positive is it cooks things slowly. That means you can prepare ingredients in the morning and return home later to a cooked meal.

Time to dust off that slow-cooker and get ready for some delicious creations.

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1. Sausage Casserole

This recipe serves four people and is the perfect welcome home after a walk in chilly weather.

Ingredients

  • 8 pork sausages
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 x 200g can sweet corn kernels
  • 350g squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150ml meat stock
  • Method

    1. Heat some oil and fry sausages until brown. Depending on the type of sausage you may need to poke holes in them. Add the onion, sweet corn and squash and put into the slow cooker.
    2. Combine the flour, paprika and tomato puree together with the stock. Pour this sauce over the sausages.
    3. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on High for 2-3 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
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