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Making soup on the stove top can be a challenge for busy people like you and I because of all the stirring and watching. A slow cooker allows you to chop and measure your ingredients and leave everything to simmer without the hassle. I’ve been using my Crock-Pot for a few months and I can’t believe the weight off my shoulders!
I thought I’d share some of the best hearty winter soup recipes I could find. They’re perfect for those chilly days when you want to warm up from the inside out. Enjoy!
1. Crock-Pot Cheeseburger Soup
Who says we can’t make our favourite thing into a soup? This recipe is hands-down the best of the bunch, because it tastes just like a cheeseburger! The potatoes, carrots, and celery ensure you will get enough veggies as well. Even if you aren’t a soup fan, you’ll love this.
Tip: I made it with cheddar cheese instead of the Velveeta processed kind. It was still delicious and way more healthy. You also might want to double the recipe, because it only makes 6 small servings. This soup disappears fast!
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2. Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup
Cabbage rolls are my family’s go-to at holiday potlucks and family dinners. If you want a hearty soup that’s perfect for dinner, throw the ingredients in a slow cooker in the morning. If you want a low-carb option, skip the rice.
Tip: You will want to make this with double the amount of liquid the recipe calls for, as it ends up being really chunky otherwise. You’ll want medium or short grain rice, because long-grain tends to cook faster and fall apart. You won’t regret adding more garlic, either.
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3. Crock-Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Many of the potato soup recipes I’ve tried have been too thick and starchy. This one is just right, and it has cheddar cheese and bacon in it. You can’t go wrong with that. If you can’t get the kids to eat soup, serve them this. It reminds me of a baked potato. Yum!
Tip: I added extra chicken broth and a little water to get rid of some of the thickness, but that’s up to your preference. I recommend adding lots of bacon bits (more than the recipe calls for). Once you try this soup, you’ll want to eat it every day.
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4. Sweet Coconut-Butternut Crock-Pot Soup
Just because autumn is over, it doesn’t mean we have to stop using squash in our recipes. Have you ever thought of putting butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and coconut milk together? It’s delicious!
Tip: Once again, don’t be afraid to add more liquid. I added an extra portion of chicken broth because it would have been thick otherwise. I recommend using coconut milk instead of half and half, as it really brings out more coconut flavour. It’s also much healthier!
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5. Crock-Pot French Onion Soup
For such a simple soup, there are a lot of steps involved. Cut down on the time and effort and whip up French Onion soup with a slow cooker. You can make this soup less messy and easier to eat by slicing the onions a bit smaller.
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6. Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
When the weather is freezing outside, there’s no point in trying to eat a meal without a little meat to it. This chunky chicken soup is almost, but not quite, a stew. Did I mention that it’s one of the best soups I’ve had? Serve with some crusty bread on the side.
Tip: You may want to add a 7th cup of chicken broth to water it down a bit and include an extra 1-2 cloves of garlic for extra flavour. Also, don’t cut corners with the rice. I tried the recipe with white rice and it disintegrated in the slow cooker. Lesson learned!
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7. Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
On blustery days when you just want to hibernate, a rich soup packs a powerful punch. It won’t take long for you to make a classic broccoli cheddar soup, and this recipe is extra-special. It’s made with evaporated milk, thyme, and parmesan cheese!
Tip: I made this with vegetable instead of chicken broth, and it was delicious. Also, if you don’t have two cans of evaporated milk, never fear. You can always substitute regular milk! If you prefer a smoother soup, puree it in the blender to eliminate the chunky texture.
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8. Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup
I tried a different tortellini soup recipe recently and it didn’t work out so well, so I’m ready to try something that actually tastes good! Based on the ingredients list for this recipe, it’s not possible to go wrong. Garlic, cream, and 3-cheese tortellini? Count me in.
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9. Gnocchi, Sausage and Spinach Soup
I had low expectations while making this recipe. It didn’t seem to be anything special. Boy, was I wrong! It’s a definite winter warm-up due to the spicy sausage. Note that you should not make this if you don’t like spicy foods.
Tip: Oops, my bad! This recipe isn’t a slow-cooker one. It’s worth making, though. It’s similar to the recipe above, except that it’s made with spicy sausage, roasted red peppers, and spinach. Pick the one you prefer and modify it until you have a recipe that perfectly suits you. Add some bacon? I modified this recipe by adding a little less salt, adding more cream, and dumping the Parmesan into the soup instead of waiting until it was served. You might also want to add a bit a kale and bacon!
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10. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
The winter is the best time to eat spicy food because it’ll keep you extra warm. If you’re looking for an ethnic-style soup, this is the one. The Thai-inspired recipe incorporates unusual ingredients like peanut butter, ginger, lime juice, coconut milk, and red curry paste.
11. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
One of the soups I tried out in my slow cooker was Chicken Tortilla, but I found it to be too heavy on the cream. This is a great alternative if your tummy gets upset from dairy. You’ll need enchilada sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and green chiles.
Tip: I made the mistake of adding a little extra spice and chiles. Don’t do that! One thing is for sure: this is a great winter warm-up option, especially if you’ve got a cold you need to clear out. It’s a little heavy, so it’s best eaten at dinner.
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