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Slow Cooker Soups

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a hot bowl of soup.  I’m used to using a large stock pot and letting the ingredients simmer away on top of my stove, but another option, which is more flexible for busy schedules, is using your slow cooker or crock pot. The great thing about this method of soup making is your can add all your ingredients, set your slow cooker and go about your business until it’s time for dinner.  It’s really that easy.

 

Let’s start with Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.  You’ll combine skinless, boneless chicken breasts, salsa, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, canned black beans, frozen whole kernel corn, and lemon or lime juice.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.  You can serve this soup with a little sour cream, cilantro, or green onions.

 

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Courtesy of Evolving Table

 

Crock Pot Vegetarian White Bean Soup is a hearty “no meat” dinner option.  Canned white beans, celery, sweet onion, carrots, garlic, vegetable stock, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper are all combined in your slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours and remove the bay leaf before serving.  You can sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and green onions before serving.

 

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Courtesy of Running In A Skirt

 

Minestrone is the Italian version of vegetable soup.  This Slow Cooker Minestrone is packed with healthy ingredients like diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pesto, vegetable stock, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, beans, zucchini, pasta, green beans, and baby spinach.  You’ll start this soup by cooking the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, pesto, stock, spices, celery, onions, carrots, and garlic on low for 6-8 hours.  Add the pasta, beans, and zucchini and cook on high for another 25 minutes.  Finally, stir in the spinach and frozen green beans for another 5 minutes until heated through.  Serve with grated parmesan.

 

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Courtesy of Little Spice Jar

 

I’m back next Monday with some ideas for healthy comfort foods perfect for cooler weather.

 

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