30 Tried and True Slow-Cooked Soup Recipes
Cozy up with our best slow cooker soups. Each of these popular soups scores a 4-star rating or higher.
This satisfying homemade soup with a hint of cayenne is brimming with vegetables, chicken and noodles. The recipe is from my father-in-law, but I made it my own. —Norma Reynolds, Overland Park, Kansas
The first time I made this colorful soup, our home smelled wonderful. We knew it was a keeper to see us through cold winter days. —Sarah Stombaugh, Chicago, Illinois
The prep work for this chili is easy thanks to several pantry staples. It’s loaded with shredded chicken and beans. The spicy heat can be tamed a bit by cool sour cream. —Fred Lockwood, Plano, Texas
Need a warm, soothing meal for a blustery night? Throw together this slow-cooked stew loaded with sweet potatoes and kale. And the shredded pork is oh-so-tender! —Robin Jungers, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
This chunky soup is good to the last spoonful. It’s my go-to recipe because it’s so hearty and we all always want more. —Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Once upon a time, my husband and I owned a pizzeria and this dish was always popular on the menu. We’ve since sold the restaurant, but I still make the soup for all kinds of potlucks and gatherings. It’s always a big hit and everyone asks for the recipe. —Estella Peterson, Madras, Oregon
I simmer my rich and creamy shrimp soup in the slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night. —Will Zunio, Gretna, Louisiana
This hearty and healthy stew will warm your family right down to their toes! Serve with cornbread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
When I have leftover ham in the fridge, I always like to make this soup. Just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and dinner is done. —Pamela Chambers, West Columbia, South Carolina
I dreamed up this hearty chili with a Tex-Mex twist 25 years ago. It’s still everyone’s favorite and the go-to recipe in our family cookbook.—Martha B. Hook, Dallas, Texas
I tweaked a recipe I got from one of my best friends, and I couldn’t believe how much it really does taste like stuffed green peppers! With beef and brown rice, it makes a hearty meal on a cold day. — Gina Baxter, Plainfield, IL
This satisfying veggie soup hits the spot at lunch or dinner. Add a side salad and some whole grain bread for a delicious, nutritious meal. —Amy Cheatham, Sandusky, Ohio
“My husband and I love buffalo chicken wings, so we created a soup with the same zippy flavor,” reports Pat Farmer from Falconer, New York, “It’s very popular with guests.” Start with a small amount of hot sauce, then add more if needed to suit your family’s tastes.
This flavorful, meaty chili is my favorite…and it’s so easy to prepare in the slow cooker. It’s a great way to serve a crowd without last-minute preparation. I got the idea from my mother, who used her slow cooker often for soups and stews. —Stacy Law, Cornish, Utah
Here’s a robust dish that’s perfect for hungry teenage boys! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, this quick, comforting soup will really hit the spot. —Cathy Peterson, Menominee, Michigan
This slow-cooker soup is my secret weapon on busy days. It’s delicious served with oyster crackers tossed in a bit of melted butter and herbs, and then lightly toasted in the oven. —Whitney Jensen, Spring Lake, Michigan
This colorful soup is vegetarian-friendly and full of fresh flavors from a rainbow of vegetables. You can use any multi-colored pasta in place of the spirals. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
I am a stay-at-home mom who relies on my slow cooker for fast, nutritious meals with minimal cleanup and prep time. I knew this recipe was a hit when I didn’t have any leftovers and my husband asked me to make it again. —Nancy Clow, Mallorytown, Ontario
My husband and I love this chili because it smells so good as it simmers in the slow cooker all day. I can’t think of a better way to use up leftover brats. He can’t think of a better way to eat them! —Katrina Krumm, Apple Valley, Minnesota
I make this thick soup for our annual St. Patrick’s Day party, and there’s never any leftovers.—Mary Jo O’Brien of Hastings, Minnesota.
Red pepper flakes bring a little zip to this hearty soup that’s full of good-for-you ingredients. Should you have any left over, this soup is great reheated, after flavors have had time to blend. I like to serve steaming bowls of it with rye bread. —Carol Custer, Clifton Park, New York
Pork sausage, ground beef and plenty of beans make this chili a marvelous meal. I keep serving-size containers of it in my freezer at all times so I can quickly warm up bowls on busy days. —Margie Shaw, Greenbrier, Arkansas
Chockfull of tender pork, veggies and savory flavor, this nutritious soup fills the house with a wonderful aroma as it cooks! Deb Hall – Huntington, Indiana
We live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which has a rich heritage of German culture and dishes that include sauerkraut, potatoes and sausage. We enjoy this recipe on cold winter evenings, along with muffins and fruit. The “mmm’s” start with the first whiff as the door opens after school or work. —Linda Lohr, Lititz, Pennsylvania
This hearty meatless stew made with convenient canned items is perfect for spicing up a family gathering on a cool day. It tastes like it’s made with love and yet it requires so little time and attention. —Pamela Scott of Garland, Texas.
This soup delivers a big bowl of fresh comfort—just ask my husband. Toppings like avocado, sour cream and tortilla strips are a must. —Heather Sewell, Harrisonville, Missouri
I put a twist on one of my favorite comfort foods that my grandmother used to make. I look forward to passing this down to my kids. —Jamie Chase, Rising Sun, Indiana
We’re Nebraska Cornhusker football fans, and on the days when the “Big Red” team is playing, I make up a big pot of this soup. The whole family gathers around the television set to eat it while watching the game! I like to prepare dishes that have a Mexican flavor—and there’s just a hint of that in this deliciously satisfying soup. —Shelly Korell, Bayard, Nebraska
This savory chili is hearty and satisfying, and it will warm your guests up, too. —Sandy McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota