Everyone has a favorite season, and ours is definitely winter. From romantic dates in the snow to holiday shopping, winter is hands-down the most wonderful time of the year. One of the best parts of winter, though, is cooking tasty soups in a crockpot. These recipes tap into the snuggle-ready feeling in the air, help warm you up on cold and dreary nights, and best of all, they require minimal effort.
We found 14 crockpot winter soups to try from now until spring. From a Tuscan white bean and sausage soup with a parmesan topping to classic chicken soup with an unexpected addition, these 14 recipes are sure to bring some added excitement to your winter nights.
Vegetarian Crockpot Lasagna Soup
As versatile and delicious as lasagna is, its predictability can be boring. Enter this inventive twist from Foodie Crush, which takes all of the flavors and comforts of lasagna and transforms them into a delicious winter soup. "Most of the lasagna soup recipes I've seen are made with sausage or ground beef to replicate the classic Italian recipe," Foodie Crush founder Heidi Larsen says. "But because I'm trying to add more meatless meals to our dinner table, I took this slow cooker soup down the vegetable-only path." Larsen uses diced yellow onions, crushed tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and herbs to flavor her dish, and finishes it with a ricotta cheese topping.
Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup
Larsen also uses a slow cooker to make this equally delicious Italian-inspired soup filled with its dual namesake ingredients alongside diced butternut squash, celery, carrots, and kale. "The meatballs are simply made from Italian sausage that's rolled into mini meatballs," she says. "The fat in the sausage balls keeps them from needing a sear before cooking, as it acts as the glue holding the meat together." For this recipe, she adds Parmesan to the top.
Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
Chowder is a classic cold-weather soup, and Larsen puts yet another spin on her version by making corn a star ingredient. An almond and cashew milk blend acts as the base, and then bacon, yellow onion, potatoes, carrots, and celery are added. "Bay leaves, kosher salt, and one of the most underused herbs, dried marjoram, impart lots of flavors," she says. "It's one herb you'll want to add to your spice drawer."
Slow Cooker Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Lean ground turkey, sweet potato, garlic, yellow onion, jalapeño, crushed tomatoes, and kidney beans are a few of the many ingredients that comprise this layered chili dish, making for a meal that gets better with every bite. "The real reason for making chili with the slow cooker method is simply for the flavors to meld, rather than for the ingredients to cook," says Larsen.
Be sure to add enough liquid so that your chili doesn't stick to the bottom of the cooker and burn. Adding quinoa may up the dish's protein factor, but it also absorbs more liquid, making the chili susceptible to burning.
Crockpot Tuscan White Bean and Lemon Soup
Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest specifically made this recipe for cold winter months because its ingredients (quinoa, carrots, onion, kale, sage, and basil pesto, to name a few) work with the title ingredients to create a meal that's comforting and hearty. "I wanted to keep this soup mostly loaded with veggies, so to give the broth added flavor, I threw in a Parmesan rind," she says. "I promise this is the key to this recipe. The rind adds so much flavor without having to add in a million other ingredients."
Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Soup
Winter colds are never fun, but this recipe from Half Baked Harvest may help ease your symptoms. Gerard mixes the traditional flavors of carrots, celery, and rosemary with parsnips, leeks, and dry farro, alongside bone-in chicken breasts or thighs for a rich and familiar taste. "Like most slow cooker recipes, you add all the ingredients to your slow cooker, forget about it, and come home to the best home-cooked soup," she says. "Add farro, and you're done."
Slow Cooker Creamy Wild Rice Soup With Butter-Roasted Mushrooms
This creamy wild rice soup is the type of slow-cooker meal that is seriously warm and inviting. Gerard whips it up using wild rice, onion, carrots, heavy cream, and white wine, and then adds butter-roasted mushrooms to the top. "The crisp, roasted mushrooms are what complete the soup and give it that extra layer of flavor and texture," she notes.
Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you prefer your soups to come with some additional heat, this spicy tortilla soup recipe should be on your meal plan. It's made with enchilada sauce, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, rice, and chicken breast, plus a loaded topping that includes tortilla chips and diced mangoes. "I've always made my tortilla soup with enchilada sauce," Gerard says. "I know it's not even close to traditional, but I feel like anything topped with tortilla chips, avocado, and cheese can be called tortilla soup, right?" We certainly think so!
Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
Sometimes a dreary winter day needs nothing more than a little color, and this coconut curry lentil soup recipe from The Modern Proper delivers on a bold hue and an even bolder flavor. Natalie Mortimer makes it with coconut milk, lentils, chicken stock, curry powder, kale, sweet potatoes, and grated ginger, and serves it with warm bread. "Vegan and vegetable-loaded, it’s a healthy, hearty powerhouse," she says.
If you want your kale to be bright and firm, add it halfway through the cooking process, rather than at the beginning.
Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup
Save this cheeseburger soup recipe from Le Creme de la Crumb for a winter night when you're craving something decadent. Tiffany Azure re-creates a cheeseburger's flavors in this soup using ground beef, potatoes, heavy cream, garlic powder, carrots, and herbs. She tops it all with cheese, green onions, and bacon bits. "The ground beef, sharp cheddar cheese, and potatoes make this soup hearty, filling, and just the thing to warm you up as the weather cools off," she says.
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Azure also reimagines the comfort of chicken pot pie with this recipe, which uses chicken breasts, potatoes, peas, corn, carrots, and biscuit dough in a soup of heavy cream and chicken broth. "If you've got veggie haters in your house, this is a great way to get them to love their peas, corn, and carrots," she adds.
Slow Cooker Sausage, Lentil, and Arugula Soup
Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes creates this colorful, complex sausage, lentil, and arugula soup using the namesake ingredients and not much more. Chopped onion, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock are added to the mix and left to combine over three to six hours. "If you can brown sausage and then literally toss every other ingredient in your slow cooker, then you can consider dinner done," she says.
Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup
This healthy and hearty lemon rosemary lentil soup combines veggies, rosemary, lentils, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice (and zest) for a tangy, spiced, warming winter soup. It's also one of the easiest soups you'll ever make, with only 15 minutes of prep!
Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup
Pasta always makes soup infinitely better. If the creamy tomato base in this tortellini soup from Cooking Classy isn't enough, throwing in some cheesy tortellini will make it irresistible. This soup is the definition of comfort in a bowl. The recipe's creator, Jaclyn Bell says, "This soup is probably one of the easiest you’ll ever make and you wouldn’t believe how amazing it tastes."
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