A bowl of chicken soup with carrots and noodles on a white table.
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Leftover Roast Chicken Soup

This leftover roast chicken soup is a cinch to make in your slow cooker and is a great way to use up any vegetables languishing in your fridge.
A bowl of pork, avocado, and hominy in a red broth on a cutting board with tortilla chips.
Stephen Kent-Johnson
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Slow Cooker Pork Posole

Slow cooker pork posole is sorta a cheater’s version of authentic Mexican posole, a stew of sorts made with pork, hominy, onions, garlic, and all the traditional toppings. About the only thing missing is the constant need to tend it on the stovetop.

I made this on a cool, rainy March day and invited neighbors over. They had never had pozole and practically licked their bowls clean.

This recipe is not as time-consuming as a traditional recipe using dried chiles (instead of the chili powder) and is darn good. Even better made a day ahead and chilled to meld the flavors (the leftovers were incredible). Thank you!

A white bowl filled with slow cooker split pea soup on a napkin.
Ryan Szulc
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow cooker split pea soup with ham is traditional winter comfort food made easy. Just toss everything in a Crock pot and walk away. You’re welcome.

I made this tonight to sate my split-pea soup craving here in cold, wintry Adelaide, South Australia. Absolutely fantastic, and I followed the recipe as written! Thank you. 

A wooden bowl filled with lentil soup with kale, topped with parsley and sour cream.
Andrew Thomas Lee
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Lentil Soup with Kale

This easy slow cooker lentil kale soup is healthy, nutritious, and satisfying. Perfect cold weather comfort food.
Two bowls, one filled with smoked paprika and chickpea soup, with a spoon resting inside, and the other bowl empty.
James Merrell
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Smoked Paprika and Chickpea Soup

This is something to make in a hurry when you want a hearty, simple soup and don’t have any time or any stock. Don’t overdo the smoked paprika—it should exude a slightly smoky mystery to the soup, not the obvious taste of full-blown paprika.

I made this smoked paprika and chickpea soup tonight for my ailing daughter, and it was wonderful for both the sick and the well. We two enjoyed the seasoning and consistency of the soup, which made it rustic in flavor. The soup was both delicious and easy, making it the perfect meal.

A large measuring cup of slow cooker chicken stock on a wooden table with a ladle on the side.
Ryland Peters & Small
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Slow cooker chicken stock or broth is gloriously easy. Just toss raw chicken parts or carcasses in a slow cooker with vegetables, water, and herbs in the proper proportions, walk away, and come back later to a rich, deep, concentrated, out-of-this-world, paleo-friendly stock.

This is now my favourite way to make chicken stock. Every time I make it, it reminds me of my grandfather’s. The aroma is amazing, and the depth of flavour is one that I couldn’t get from the stovetop.


Slow Cooker Soup FAQs

Will these recipes work in an instant pot?

Yes. Each of these easy slow-cooker soups will work with the slow-cooker function of a multicooker, such as an Instant Pot. In my experience, the slow-cook function on some multicookers does take longer than in a single-function slow cooker.

Should I be stirring my soup in the slow cooker?

No. It’s best to keep the lid of your slow cooker on and let it work its magic. These Crock-Pot soup recipes are designed to braise in the trapped steam they create. Every time you lift the lid, that steam escapes, interrupting the cooking process.

What’s the difference between the high and low settings on a slow cooker?

The difference between the two settings is the amount of time that it takes for the contents of the slow cooker to reach a simmer. Since the HIGH setting allows the slow cooker to reach temperature more quickly than LOW, the food cooks faster. This allows you to better budget your time and schedule.

Looking for more soup ideas? I’ve got plenty. If chicken soup is your favorite, try one of these chicken soup recipes. No slow cooker? Try one of these simple soup recipes that can be made on your stovetop.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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