A light and bright summer soup is often the perfect meal to devour over the sunny season. As many of us know, soups are perfect for the slow cooker due to their low and slow cooking approach, but soups are also fantastic for a number of other reasons; they’re brilliant for loading with (kid-friendly) veggies, they often call for cheaper proteins and kitchen pantry items, and almost all soups pair perfectly with nice crusty bread and butter. A great soup is one of the most budget-friendly methods of eating gourmet home-cooked food with little to no effort in the kitchen.
Try these 5+ wonderful slow cooker summer soup recipes and see for yourself!
1. Slow cooker lasagna soup
Lasagna is one of my favorite foods, but I don’t eat it nearly as often as I’d like because it’s time-consuming and fussy to make. Usually, when I’m craving it, I end up making spaghetti with marinara and topping it with about half a pound of Parmesan cheese. Then I discovered this soup. It has all the key ingredients of a great lasagna: sheets of noodles, rich meaty sauce and melty cheese.
2. Slow cooker minestrone soup
Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup made with tomatoes, vegetables and pasta (or rice). Essentially, it's happiness in a bowl! Now, we've landed on this outstanding slow cooker recipe for homemade minestrone soup, absolutely packed with flavor and utter delectability that just pulls on the heartstrings.
This soup also freezes remarkably well (that is to say, in the rare case that you have any amazing leftovers!) and can be stored in a freezer-proof container for up to 3 months.
3. Slow cooker Zuppa Toscana
Everyone has their favorite Italian dish - but most people who've been to Olive Garden can agree that the Zuppa Toscana is delicious. This soup was an easy (and cheap) lunch option that came with fresh tossed salad, and amazing bread sticks. But you no longer have to get in the car to have this incredible soup.
We've whipped up an awesome copycat recipe for the famous Zuppa Toscana soup - and what's even better is that you make it in the slow cooker. Prep is just about 10-15 minutes, most ingredients you can find in your kitchen, and the slow cooker does all the work.
4. Slow cooker cioppino (seafood stew)
You can’t go to San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood without hearing the story of how cioppino—the region’s famous tomato-based seafood stew—got its name. As legend has it, Italian fishermen there in the late 1800s had a custom of chipping in some of the day’s catch—fish, shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, etc.—to a communal stew pot.
5. Slow cooker sausage, spinach, and white bean soup
So delicious that you will easily forget that it’s healthy—thisfresh recipe for Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup from Damn Delicious is so simpleand yummy, it’s sure to be a massive hit with friends and family alike. Don’tbe afraid to add in any extra veggies that you may have on hand; green beansand zucchini work wonders!
Of this recipe, Chungah adds, "All you have to do is simplycook up your sausage and throw everything else into the slow cooker. Done anddone!"