5 Slow-Cooker Soups That Are Calling Your Name (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

There’s nothing quite like coming home exhausted after a loooong day of school or work (or both!) and finding that dinner is hot, ready and waiting for you.

Realistically, this probably doesn’t happen all that often if you’re the primary dinner manager in your household, but guess what? This dream is not too good to be true. All you need is a slow cooker!

The weather’s getting chillier and chillier these days, and hearty, warm, luscious soups are absolutely the business right now. The best part about them? They are so incredibly easy to make. If you do all your chopping and prepping beforehand, all you need to do is just plop everything into your Crock Pot and fire it up in the morning, and like magic you can come home to fresh, hot soup whenever you want.

1. Chicken Noodle

Who can count out this classic? With wholesome veggies, soothing chicken broth, chunks of chicken and comforting noodles, you’ll find yourself whipping this dish together all the time, whether you’re sick or not.

2. Cauliflower Cheddar

This comforting, blended soup is sort of like a lower-carb version of cheesy potato soup. And you may not notice that this one doesn’t use the root, especially since the milk and Greek yogurt ensure that it stays smooth and creamy without piling on the calories.

3. Sweet Coconut-Butternut Squash

If you buy pre-cut butternut squash, this sweet, smooth and gently spiced soup comes together in no time at all. Of course, if you want, you can even just use plain canned pumpkin, though you might find that you don’t need to cook it quite as long.

4. White Bean

This delicately flavored, thick vegan soup is a perfect change of pace from the standard lentil and veggie fare. If you’d like, you can top each serving with a bit of crumbled breakfast sausage or chorizo (vegan or otherwise) for a some extra oomph.

5. Brussels Sprout and Chicken Sausage

It’s no secret that Brussels sprouts can be super controversial vegetables, as they can get really nasty and tough when they aren’t cooked properly. Since the slow cooker will make sure your sprouts get perfectly soft, even Brussels sprouts opponents might enjoy a bowl of this stuff. If you still aren’t convinced, you can easily swap them out for cabbage or sturdy greens, like collard or mustard greens.

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It’s cold out, and we want warm, filling dinners to perk us up in the evenings. But we sure aren’t in the mood to work even harder during a busy weeknight, and we aren’t about to sacrifice good tasting food either. Fortunately, there are a ton of warming winter dinners out there that are perfect for lazy chefs and only take a few minutes to prep. Here are some of our favorite winter dinners that are equally easy and hearty:

1. Garlic Cheddar Chicken Bake

This incredibly easy dish just requires that you cube whatever kind of chicken you have on hand and bake it with rice, cheese and a few other delicious ingredients. It sure tastes like you spent way more time on it than you did, so it’s our favorite kind of weeknight dinner. Bonus: roast your favorite veggies while baking the chicken for an easy side.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This is a tricky soup. Not because it’s hard to make — no, you just dump all your ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do its thing — but because when you have a spoonful of this warming, flavorful soup, you’ll have no idea that it’s actually low-calorie.

3. Bacon-Cheddar Waffles

Dinner is always the right time for breakfast. With a few savory tweaks, transform your standard waffle into a dinner masterpiece. Want to go to town and load it up? Turn your waffles into a sandwich. Breakfast ingredients, fried chicken, grilled cheese, or even a full-on burger topped with a fried egg would be perfect here.

4. Coconut Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken

Not only will this dish fill you right up, but it’s also the perfect use for leftover meat. We love it with yesterday’s roasted or rotisserie chicken, but you can use just about anything you want. Leftover pork would work beautifully, too.

5. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

French Dip might sound fancy and elaborate, but it’s actually pretty easy. All you really need to do is slow-cook some brisket with broth and veggies and then sandwich it when you’re done.

6. Baked Barley Risotto With Butternut Squash

No, you do not need to sweat over the stove for hours, stirring your risotto. Make this healthy, rich version of the dish by stirring for just a few minutes and then chucking the whole thing into the oven to finish up. By the way, you can totally replace the butternut squash with pretty much any other squash or yam, if you want.

7. Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho)

Want something a little spicy, filling and jam-packed with fresh, bright flavors? Vietnamese beef stew might be just what you are looking for. It will come out delicious whether you make it in your pressure cooker, plop it in your slow cooker, or simmer it on the stove.

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Tags: easy weeknight dinner, slow cooker recipe, stew recipes, warm recipe, Winter dinner
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