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
We love a good twist on a classic—but sometimes these interpretations don’t seem to land as well as intended—they can often end up overly complicated and so far off from their original source of inspiration that they may as well not even bother with the credit. Thankfully, this slow cooker lasagna soup recipe from Culinary Hill has managed to pitch it just right; basil and fennel lift up the flavors of this stunning soup, providing us with a colorful dish that is sure to be a big hit with the whole family for the summer season!
2. Slow cooker minestrone soup
Minestrone Soup is a classic Italian soup comprised of bright summer vegetables and pasta—a perfect dinner to feast on for those late summer evenings. This fabulous recipe for Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup from Family Fresh Meals is a brilliant guide to producing a wonderfully traditional minestrone. Don’t be afraid to play around with the vegetable combinations! While this recipe is absolutely delicious as is, this vibrant soup is a fantastic canvas to experiment with.
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)
Enjoying fresh seafood on a warm summer’s day is often anunbeatable experience. This fantastic recipe for Slow Cooker Cioppino (seafoodstew) from My Recipes definitely lives up to expectations! While thisparticular recipe calls for scallops, we recommend using a cheaper option ofmussels instead. Just make sure to rinse the shells thoroughly before addingthem in along with the fish.
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!"