Blenders and toaster ovens are great, but our favorite kitchen appliance has to be the slow cooker. A weeknight lifesaver, it’s the best way to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table without spending hours hunched over the stove. But it’s not just for beef stew, either—click through the slideshow below to see all the possibilities.

Tortellini, Sausage and Kale Soup

If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes in the morning, you’ve got enough time to make this hearty soup from Chef Savvy. Simmer the sausage, tomatoes and broth all day long, then just throw in the pasta and kale when you’re almost ready to eat. Click here to get the recipe.

photo: Chef Savvy

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— Erin Lem