Slow cookers are prized for churning out everything from meatballs to mulled wine, but in my opinion, where they excel best is in making seriously great soups. The slow simmer of a slow cooker ensures soups are as full-flavored as they possibly can be. Even better, though, is that slow cooker soups are hands-off. Go about your business and you’ll be rewarded with a healthy pot whenever you’re ready for dinner. Here are 10 great recipes to try.
This classic soup is the ultimate cozy choice. While the recipe calls for egg noodles, which are traditional, feel free to use any pasta you have — even broken spaghetti would be great!
As this soup cooks, the potatoes and red lentils break down to help thicken it and make it taste incredibly luxe, even though it’s totally healthy.
While this soup has so many good things packed inside of it, what makes it special are the toppings. Garnish your bowl with crushed tortilla chips, sliced avocado, a dollop of Greek yogurt, or all three and you won’t be disappointed.
This is the perfect soup to make if you have a lot of odds and ends as it’s easy to customize. Feel free to use beans like chickpeas or pinto, swap the squash with sweet potatoes, the wild rice with brown rice, or the kale with Swiss chard.
Recipes like this are proof that it’s always a good idea to keep frozen tortellini on hand. However, if you don’t have it, frozen mini ravioli or even regular dried pasta can be used.
Barley is a perfect choice when it comes to a grain to add to a slow cooker soup. Not only is it incredibly nutritious, it’s sturdy enough that it would turn into mush with a long simmer in the slow cooker.
This sweet potato soup stands out because it’s heavily spiced with good things like ginger, cumin, cayenne, and turmeric. It’s also made creamy with coconut milk instead of heavy cream, so it’s feel-good, too.
This is another soup that’s all about the toppings. Crushed cheddar crackers are especially fun here and add both salty, cheesy flavor and crunch.
Throw whatever green vegetables you happen to have on hand into this light and brothy soup. You can even use bags of frozen broccoli and peas in the recipe.
This version of beef stew is extra-healthy but it’s packed with more vegetables. It also freezes well so it’s a great thing to make and freeze for another day.
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