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Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, see how to make savory slow cooker oatmeal so you can wake up to a hearty Sunday breakfast.


I once put together a set of savory oatmeal toppings titled Oatmeal for Dinner. I remember adding sausage as a topping and thinking it would be great to get the sausage flavor into the oats themselves, instead of just sitting on the surface. That’s how this recipe was born.

The slow cooker is perfect for steel-cut oats—long, patient simmering makes them tender all the way through. (For a more traditional, nonsavory oatmeal option, check out our Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe with butter, sugar, and milk.)

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For the savory version, Italian sausage links—mild or hot, whichever you prefer—work well, but you can try other types of sausage too.

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Start this before you go to bed, and in the morning you’ll have nothing to do—just add toppings and make a pot of coffee. Stay away from the computer. Lie in bed. Open the windows. Listen to music. It’s Sunday.

Slow Cooker Savory Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Makes 4 to 6 generous servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large Italian sausage links (about 1 pound), mild or hot
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 8 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, if needed
  • Optional toppings: sliced hot chiles, vinegary hot sauce, pickled peppers, cilantro, fried eggs, sliced green onions

Step 1: Set a medium skillet over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil, coat the bottom of the pan, and add the sausages. Brown them, turning a few times so they color evenly, until they’re nice and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Don’t worry about cooking them all the way through.

Step 2: Remove the sausages from the pan, halve them lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Step 3: Turn on your slow cooker. Add the steel-cut oats.

Step 4: Pour in the broth.

Step 5: Add the seared sausages. Stir everything together.

Step 6: Cook 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 9 hours on low. When done, taste the oatmeal: Grind in some black pepper and add salt if needed. Serve in warm bowls and throw on one or more of the optional toppings!

savory slow cooker oatmeal recipe with sausage and chicken broth

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