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 33 delicious slow cooker soups and stews perfect for winter.
Angela Carlos contributed to this story.