A collection of the best crock pot soup recipes—chicken soups, beef soups, and even potato soups! They are all simple “dump and go” recipes that come in handy on the busiest days.
I’ve shown you my collection of Favorite Chicken Soup Recipes, but these are all of my favorite soups made in the crock pot/slow cooker. I don’t have time to slave over the stove all day making soup, which is why I love these recipes so much—the crock pot does all the work!
Crock pots are a busy mom’s best friend!
Really anyone who is busy needs to build a relationship with their crock pot. You can throw ingredients together in the morning and come home to a warm home cooked meal.
There are so many recipes you can cook in the crock pot from Green Beans to Lasagna to Pot Roast and even desserts like Rice Pudding. For this post I just want to highlight the delicious soups you can make. There’s nothing like coming home on a cold winter day to a warm bowl of soup ready and waiting. You’re definitely going to want to try out these soups this season.
General Soup Tips:
- Cut all the ingredient the same size. For example the chucks of meat and pieces of potatoes should be similar in size.
- If you have time: brown the meat and firmer veggies before adding them to the pot. This will help bring out a more rich flavor from the ingredients.
- Don’t overfill the pot.
- Thaw food, especially meats, before cooking.
- Most all soups can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the freezer. Remember to leave out the “add at the end” ingredients when making a freezer meal. Thaw the soup overnight in the fridge and throw it in the crock pot.
converting Stove Top Soup to Slow Cooker Soup:
If you have a soup recipe that isn’t already tailored to the slow cooker, don’t worry! Almost all soups can be slowly simmered in the crock pot.
I collected a few tips that will help you convert your stove top recipe into an easy slow cooked meal!
Crock pot cook time
In general, the high setting of a crock pot is about 280°F. The low setting is about 170°F. Generally speaking, cook the soup for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat. (Always refer to your particular crock pot manual to find more specific cook times and guidelines)
Save some ingredients until the end to add
“The End” could be literally right before serving, or as much as the last half hour of cooking.
- Smaller softer vegetables, like peas and corn, should not be simmered for hours or they’ll become mushy.
- Dairy like milk, sour cream, yogurts, cheese shouldn’t be added until the end otherwise it may curdle after being cooked for such a long time.
- Precook pasta, rice, seafood before adding in at the end.
- Use dried herbs and add them at the beginning. If you want to include fresh herbs, then add them toward the end.
Let’s Talk Evaporation
There is hardly any evaporation when using a slow cooker so you will not need as much liquid.
- Once you have the initial ingredients placed in the pot pour the liquid over them until they’re covered by 1/2 inch.
- You can always add more liquid later.
- If you find you have too much liquid remove the lid during the last hour of cooking to let some of it evaporate. You can also stir in a roux to thicken it up.
- Don’t include any wine. Simmering on the stove top allows for the alcohol to evaporate leaving a subtle layer of flavor. However, the crock pot does not allow for evaporation and the liquor can quickly take over the recipe.
Favorite Slow Cooker Soup Recipes
I hope you enjoy these crock pot soup recipes as much as we do!! They’re major time savors, and most of them are soups that the entire family will enjoy, so you really can’t go wrong!