Some people think of soup as a side dish, something that isn't meant to be taken as seriously as any main course. It's probably safe to say that those people probably haven't tried these 7 amazing slow cooker soup recipes.
These recipes take no time at all to prepare -- all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low while you are off doing more important things.
#1 - Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
French onion soup is a restaurant classic for a reason - it's an "everyone's favorite," but it can be time-consuming to make at home. That's why making it in a slow cooker will save you the trouble of waiting for things to cook. The onions will develop even more flavor while adding to the broth, as the entire thing cooks away for several hours.
#2 - Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Soup
Not every soup is hearty enough to have for dinner, but tender chunks of chicken, toothsome bits of quinoa and a savory dusting of Parmesan make this a satisfying meal.
#3 - Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup
Great on its own or paired with a sandwich, this recipe takes all the guesswork out of a classic dish. It doesn't get any heartier than this!
#4 - Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli
As with many Italian dishes, pasta e Fagioli transforms inexpensive ingredients into a delectable, filling meal. Translated, pasta e Fagioli means "pasta and beans," and there is no definitive recipe since kitchen staples vary widely throughout Italy. This hearty soup has legions of fans, and cooks have gone to great lengths to duplicate Olive Garden's version.
#5 - Roasted Garlic Baked Potato Soup
Yukon gold potatoes give the soup a lovely buttery color and the thin, tender skins don't need to be peeled. Slow cooking the garlic mellows the bite, for a milder flavor that enhances instead of overpowering. A blend of heavy cream and sour cream provides a rich, velvety finish.
#6 - Mexican Chipotle Pork Posole
This recipe is simple and can be modified to add your favorite vegetables. The real heart of the flavor comes from the chipotle peppers. It adds a smokey warmth without too much heat.
#7 - Veggie Potato Soup
Unlike the other potato soups on this list, this one is designed to be meat-free. Those looking to cut down on calories should check this out, it packs huge flavor!