There is just nothing like the simple comfort that a warm bowl of steaming soup or hearty stew can provide. Especially in winter, when the temperature drops and the air turns icy, stepping through the doorway to the delightful smells emitting from a simmering Crock-Pot is truly one of life’s simplest pleasures.
Although the process of making a soup — the chopping, sautéing, and simmering to slowly and thoughtfully build and layer flavors — can be therapeutic, the ease and efficiency of using a slow-cooker for the task is pure magic. Using a slow-cooker to make a soup or stew will unchain you from watching the stove as your favorite soup comes together to make one hot cold-weather meal that is bursting with flavor.
Because, for some of us, the best kind of comfort food is the kind that cooks itself.
Keep your slow-cooker working around the clock with these 25 delicious slow-cooker soups and stews perfect for warming up on cold winter nights.
Use store-bought rotisserie chicken in this slow-cooker soup to make it even easier. For the Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, click here.
Just throw everything in the pot and come back later. It’s almost like magic. For this recipe, click here.
Osso Buco is traditionally made with veal shanks, white wine, vegetables, herbs, and a little tomato, but this version uses cubes of stew meat instead of the shanks to accommodate the slow-cooker. Don’t skip the lemon zest and parsley as garnish, though, because the flavors are key to unlocking the full potential of the dish. For this recipe, click here.
This tortilla soup is made without tortilla strips (thus the “sans”) and is perfect for all those who love the flavor or chicken tortilla soup but can’t stand soggy tortilla chips. It is still packed with spicy kicks of chili powder, green chiles, smoky cumin, slow-cooked chicken, and hearty diced tomatoes. For this recipe, click here.
This borscht will bring a wonderful smell to your house as it slowly cooks. Sliced cabbage is stirred in toward the end of cooking and basil leaves are added for garnish. Serve it with your favorite bread or simply enjoy it by itself. For the Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht recipe, click here.
This chili is incredibly easy to make and full of sweet, smoky, and slightly spicy flavor. Just brown some ground beef and chop a few vegetables before simmering the chili in your slow-cooker. There’s really nothing better on a cold night than a big bowl of chili,… except maybe a big bowl of chili that requires virtually no effort to cook! For the Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili recipe, click here.
This slow-cooker stew is made with coconut oil and gets a hint of umami flavor from the addition of fish sauce. For the Slow-Cooker Thai Beef Stew recipe, click here.