With this slow cooker cheesy vegetable casserole, all you do is toss the ingredients in and let it cook away while you go about your day. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to get your veggies in, this is it.
This side dish is packed with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and whatever vegetable you enjoy, oh, and cheese. For us, the cheese takes veggies over the top all the time. Best of all, it takes just minutes to prepare.
As the butter and cheese melt and combine, it creates a tasty cheese sauce. Take simple ingredients add a cheesy sauce and that spells Yum for us as it is one of our favorite recipes.
What’s better than cooking your meal in the slow cooker? Not much! When you’re preparing for a party or just want to spend less time on kitchen duty, using this appliance is an excellent idea.
Make as many servings as you want. I was entertaining a crowd for dinner this evening for our Holiday meal, so I filled mine right to the top. If your family is cheese lovers like mine is, then this slow cooker recipe of for you.
How to Make Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetable Casserole
This is truly one of those dump and go side dishes. It is so simple to layer the vegetables, cheese, and butter. Set the temperature and timer and walk away. It is the best way to make side dishes and I think I need to find even more ways to utilize my slow cooker.
Clean up Tip: For easier clean up, spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. You could also use a slow cooker insert and just toss it after.
Here is how easy it is to make this easy recipe.
Add a bag of frozen vegetables, sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese or a nice four cheese blend, and a few tablespoons of butter.
Continue adding layers of veggies, cheese, and butter until you have the slow cooker as full as you would like it.
After a few hours of cooking, mix everything right in the slow cooker. Let it continue to cook until the vegetables are tender, and the cheese is melted.
Frozen Vegetables in Slow Cooker
This vegetable casserole is the perfect dish to make in your slow cooker. It’s easy to prepare and the cheese makes it extra delicious. Plus, this casserole is a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. Enjoy a delicious easy vegetable side dish addition to any weeknight mean.
Can I put frozen vegetables in the crockpot?
Yes, they can. Frozen vegetables can be added to the slow cooker from frozen and cooked until they are fork tender. Since they are frozen, the cooking time will be longer than if you would be using fresh vegetables.
Variations to Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetable Casserole Recipe
Here are a few more ideas for the perfect side dish using the slow cooker method.
I used a dinner vegetable blend and cauliflower and broccoli. Our family really loves eating the cauliflower and broccoli with this cheese, but I wanted a bit more flavor variety and color for this side dish today. Please feel free to turn this into a complete cheesy broccoli casserole or use another vegetable that you love.
It is best to use a bit of a sturdy vegetable like the cauliflower, broccoli, carrot in crockpot recipes as a something softer like a squash would get mushy rather quickly.
This recipe works great with a wide variety of cheeses. I used a Mexican four cheese blend today; however, a cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Pepper Jack, or other cheese blend that is good for melting and taste would be a good choice.
If you want your cheese to coat the vegetables like a creamy cheese sauce even more, a can of cheese soup can be poured over the top of the vegetable mixture. Just stir in after the frozen vegetables have had a chance to thaw and cook a bit.
I do not add salt to this recipe. The butter and cheese already have salt added. However, if you prefer a little bit more salt add it.
If you like a crunchy topping, just before serving, I would add a cup of breadcrumbs or crushed crackers and 2 tablespoons of butter to a skillet. Heat on medium-high heat until the bread crumbs or crackers are toasted. Then take the lid off the slow cooker and sprinkle on the crunchy topping.
A quick no-cook crispy topping could also be crispy fried onions that can be purchased in a container from the grocery store. Sprinkle it on top right from the container.
Easy Vegetable Side Dishes
When vegetable side dishes are easy to make with delicious results, the whole family is happy. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes for vegetables. Some of them we feel are comfort food. They are that good.
A perfectly baked potatoes recipe is an easy side dish that is hard to beat. The skin is brown and crisp, coated in a sea salt crust.
There are only six ingredients in these scrumptious hash browns. These easy cheesy potatoes could also be made in a slow cooker.
Enjoy this creamed cabbage as a delicious side dish or simple dinner. It uses one head of cabbage.
How Long Does Cooked Vegetables Last?
You can store these cooked vegetables in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When you are ready to eat, just scoop out your portion and reheat 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Since there is a cheese sauce, I don’t recommend using a skillet as the sauce could stick and burn when reheating.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetable Casserole
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- 24 Ounces Dinner Vegetable Blend Vegetables or California Medley Vegetables
- 24 Ounces Cauliflower and Broccoli
- 2 Cups Cheese Shredded, I used a four-cheese blend
- ½ Cup Butter 1 Stick
- Add a bag of frozen vegetables, sprinkle on shredded cheese and a few tablespoons of butter.
- Continue adding layers of veggies, cheese, and butter until you have the slow cooker as full as you would like it.
- After a few hours of cooking, mix everything right in the slow cooker. Let it continue to cook until the vegetables are tender, and the cheese is melted.
- Cook time low 6 hours high 4 hours