15 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes That are Worth the Wait
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15 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes That are Worth the Wait

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15 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes That are Worth the Wait
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Slow cookers are a busy person’s best friend. If you received a slow cooker as a gift—or gave one to someone you love, know that cooking with a slow cooker is a lot less stressful. You can cook just about anything in a slow cooker, from lasagna to eggs. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about dinner when you’re busy making breakfast for your kids during a hectic school morning, but with a slow cooker, all you have to do is throw in your ingredients and let them cook. By the time you and your family are ready to settle down at the end of the day, you’ll have a fully prepared meal waiting for you. To help make your life easier, here are some amazing soup recipes you can make in your slow cooker.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
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One of the best ways to combat cold weather is to eat a warm bowl of soup. This creamy tomato basil soup is the perfect comfort food you need to warm you up. Add the soup’s ingredients to a slow cooker and let it do the cooking for you.

For the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup recipe, click here.

Beef Daube Provencal

Beef Daube Provencal
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This French-style beef stew is the perfect way to settle down after a long day of working. It’s good to know a basic cooking method for this recipe, like how to sear so you can get that browned, tender beef that this dish requires. This stew is slow-cooked with a vegetable medley in a brown sauce that is great to serve over pasta or mashed potatoes.

For the Beef Daube Provencal recipe, click here.

Beef and Guinness Stew

Beef and Guinness Stew
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You don’t have to make beef and Guinness stew on St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, make this stew a day in advance or freeze it if you plan to meal prep and eat it throughout the week. This classic Irish dish is slow-cooked to allow the flavors of the beer to soak with the beef..

For the Beef and Guinness Stew recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili
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A hot pot of chili is an easy-to-make game-day dinner that your kids won’t fuss about. Slow cooking is the best way to let all of the spices and seasonings settle in the chili. Once it’s ready, enjoy it Cincinnati style over spaghetti with lots of cheese and onions or serve on top of a hot dog.

For the Slow Cooker Chili recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Ramen Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Ramen Noodle Soup
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You won’t eat instant ramen again after making this soup. Use a slow cooker to prepare a savory broth using vegetable scraps before adding the noodles. Feel free to swap the pork for chicken breast.

For the Slow Cooker Ramen Noodle Soup recipe, click here.

Pork and Chorizo Hominy Stew With Poached Eggs

Pork and Chorizo Hominy Stew With Poached Eggs
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Did someone say pozole for brunch? This dish is the perfect rendition of the iconic Mexican soup, but with the addition of a poached egg. Not sure how to make a poached egg? No worries, we have a guide on how to poach an egg perfectly every time.

For the Pork and Chorizo Hominy Stew With Poached Eggs recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup
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If you’re looking to eat less meat, try this hearty soup. Red lentil soup will help you squeeze in extra protein without meat. For a creamy consistency, you can add coconut milk to the soup.

For the Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup recipe, click here.

Grilled Green Chile Pork and Short Rib Stew

Grilled Green Chile Pork and Short Rib Stew
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You might want to set up your grill for this pork and short rib stew recipe. Grill the pork shoulder and beef short ribs first to add a smoky flavor to the stew while it’s cooking. If you plan on making this stew during the colder months, try broiling the meats before adding them to the slow cooker.

For the Grilled Green Chile Pork and Short Rib Stew recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Sweet Potato Kale Soup
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Need a dish that’s delicious, healthy and nutritious? Try this sweet potato and kale soup. For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth. And if you have extra sweet potatoes, here are different ways to bake them.

For the Sweet Potato Kale Soup recipe, click here.

Hearty Lamb Stew

Hearty Lamb Stew
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This stew will have your house smelling incredible. Make this lamb stew in the morning and allow the meat and other ingredients to slowly simmer throughout the day. By the time you’re ready for dinner, you’ll have a yummy stew you can eat after a busy day.

For the Hearty Lamb Stew recipe, click here.

Smoky Pork Stew With Cabbage and Sauerkraut

Smoky Pork Stew With Cabbage and Sauerkraut
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This satisfying Polish stew requires a couple of hours of cooking to bring out the flavors, but we promise it’s worth the wait. Though there is a traditional way of cooking this stew, you can easily make substitutions to your liking, such as replacing the ham with smoked turkey or chicken.

For the Smoky Pork Stew With Cabbage and Sauerkraut recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Onion Soup With Crusty Toast

Slow Cooker Onion Soup With Crusty Toast
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Slow cooking really brings out the aroma of this onion soup, which makes use of your basic pantry staples to make an appetizing meal. You should always keep soup broth in the freezer so you can easily prepare this soup any day of the week.

For the Slow Cooker Onion Soup With Crusty Toast recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Short Rib Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Short Rib Taco Soup
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This recipe includes most of the ingredients you love in a taco, but in soup form. For this short rib taco soup, beef short ribs and steak are slow-cooked in a spicy broth. Just ditch the tortillas in favor of a bowl and include all of your favorite taco toppings on this soup.

For the Slow Cooker Short Rib Taco Soup recipe, click here.

Cider-Braised Stew With Red Pepper and White Beans

Cider-Braised Stew With Red Pepper and White Beans
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This cider-braised stew works well with your favorite cut of pork or lamb. This stew doesn’t require a long cooking time so you can set it aside while you take care of other things and come back to it once it’s ready. Make a large batch to pack in your lunch box.

For the Cider-Braised Stew With Red Pepper and White Beans recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup
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