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Healthy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Updated on November 28, 2014

Soup Recipes For Slow Cookers That You can Try At Home

Here are some slow cooker soup recipes that you can try at home for any occasion, also included is some tips on how to use a slow cooker and how to cook a meal on a budget with little effort. Learn more about the preparation and equipment and how to create hearty meals every time.

On this page you will find soup recipes for slow cookers that you can easily make for any meal. By using tougher cuts of meat you can have a meal that is flavorsome, even though cooking time is much longer the preparation time is much less. Plus cooking the meat this way ensures that it is juicy and tender and there are fewer dishes to wash.

There are many ways to slow cook your food, this could be baking in the oven, using a stockpot, using the stove top or even using a pressure cooker. While the main principle of cooking is the same the time it takes to cook the meal is different, depending on what equipment that is used.

slow cooker soup recipes
slow cooker soup recipes

Soup Recipes For Slow Cookers

Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Mexican Ham Soup

950g-ham hock

1 teaspoon of Mexican chilli powder

400g can of red kidney beans that has been drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1medium red onion chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

2 sticks of celery chopped

400g can of diced tomatoes

4 cups of chicken stock

3 flour tortillas

Sour cream to serve

Start by heating the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat.

Then add the onion, celery and garlic and cook for 4 minutes or until the onion is soft.

Then add red bell pepper and chilli powder.

Cook for a further 1-minute then transfer in the slow cooker.

Then add the stock, tomato, ham and 2 cups of cold water. Cover and then cook on a low heat for at least 6 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone.

Remove ham from the slow cooker and discard any bones, shred ham and return it back into the slow cooker and add the beans. You can then season it with pepper if you wish and keep cooking for a further 30 minutes or until the beans are well heated.

Then pre heat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tortillas into small pieces and place on baking tray and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

Then serve soup with sour cream and tortillas.

Lamb And Pumpkin Soup

6 lamb shanks, French trimmed

2 cups of chicken stock

2 cups of water

1 cup of tomato paste sauce or passata

500g of butternut pumpkin, which is cut into 1cm pieces

2 teaspoons of Moroccan spice mix

100g of basmati rice

Coriander leaves to serve

Greek style yoghurt to serve

Place Moroccan spice mix on a plate and coat the lamb shanks lightly.

Add the pumpkin, lamb, water, stock and tomato paste sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on a low heat for at least 6 hours or until lamb falls off the bone. Use tongs to remove the bones.

Then add the rice and chickpeas, cook for a further 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Serve in bowls and add fresh coriander and yoghurt.

Pumpkin Soup With A Bit Of A Twist

¾ of a medium sized butternut pumpkin chopped

2 ½ cups of vegetable stock

2 medium potatoes chopped

1 teaspoon of mild curry powder

1 onion chopped

Salt and cracked black pepper

Chilli powder to taste

1 cup of full cream

Place pumpkin, onion, potatoes, stock and curry powder in the slow cooker. Then add salt and pepper and cook for a few hours until vegetables are tender.

Switch off the cooker and allow to cool, then use a stick blender or food processor until the soup is smooth. Then slowly stir in the chilli powder and cream and reheat and season soup to taste.

If you do not want to use cream you can substitute it by using evaporated milk.

Tomato Soup

1 kg of ripe tomatoes cut in half

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 onion chopped

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

4 cups of chicken stock

3 teaspoons of sugar

½ teaspoon of dried oregano

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 400 g tin of tomatoes in juice, drained

Salt and pepper to taste

Turn on slow cooker and preheat, then place the olive oil and onion in a microwave and cook for 2 minutes or you can cook it in a pan if you wish.

Then place all ingredients except the ripe tomatoes into the cooker to combine. Then add halved tomatoes and cook for 3 hours or until the tomatoes are soft and tender.

Then puree the soup using a stick blender or food processor and season with salt and cracked pepper. If you wish you can also serve with parsley and sour cream.

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Family Size 6 quart oval Programmable slow cooker with flat panel digital read-out and stainless steel base for easy storage and clean-up, plus separate temperature probe for large cuts of meat. No more over cooked or under cooked beef or poultry as the probe reads the internal temperature as it cooks and automatically switches to keep warm once set temperature is reached . Operates in three different cook settings including manual cook mode. Easy to read LED digital control panel and timer for setting preferred cooking time. Other features include a clip-on spoon and a clip-tight gasket lid.

 

Meat Preparation When Using A Slow Cooker

Meat Preparation For Slow Cooking

To enhance the flavor brown the meat in small batches, this can be done in a pan, using the stockpot on the stove or in a flameproof casserole dish. Here are the steps to do this:

Place flour on plate and add salt and pepper, then toss the meat until it is lightly coated with flour. By using flour it will help thicken the sauce and seal the meat. If you coat the meat without browning the meat first your dish will have a floury taste.

Begin by heating some oil in a pan, stockpot or casserole dish on a medium heat, then add the meat and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove meat from pan and put it on a plate. Make sure to brown the meat in batches as the meat may cook in its own juices and become tough.

Then add the meat to the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients of your dish such as liquid ingredients, herbs and spices and vegetables.

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Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Slow cooking is an art form. And the Cuisinart Programmable 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker perfects it using a precise, convenient 24 hour LCD countdown timer and four cooking modes including a Warm function when the time elapses. It's easy to make comfort foods or try out new gourmet creations-all in a convenient-sized ceramic pot that fits comfortably on any countertop.

 

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Make Delicious Soups Using A Slow Cooker

Get more flavor in your homemade soups by using a slow cooker.

West Bend 84905 Oblong Versatility Slow Cooker, 5-Quart, Silver
West Bend 84905 Oblong Versatility Slow Cooker, 5-Quart, Silver

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recipes for slow cookers
recipes for slow cookers

How Does A Slow Cooker Work

When cooked on the lowest setting the food cooks more gently and most of the heat comes from the side of the cooker, so it is important to fill the pot between half and three quarters full for better results.

It can also be used to keep the food warm until it is ready to be served. It is also very convenient, as all you have to do is add all the ingredients into the pot overnight or during the day. As the heat is very low it is less likely that your food or meat will overcook or become dry.

When buying a cooker look for one that has a removable pot so it is easier to clean, it should also have a heating element on the sides as well as the base for better cooking.

Guide to what meat can be used

Tougher cuts of meats are ideal for slow cooking, they are cheap to buy and have tons of flavor. By cooking the meat gently the connective tissues will break down and the meat is very juicy and tender. If you buy meat still on the bone this will give your dish more flavor, here are some meat cuts ideal for slow cooking:

Beef

Chuck steak, skirt steak, boneless shin gravy beef, topside, round steak and fresh silverside

Chicken

Any chicken pieces such as drumsticks and thigh pieces, those that are on the bone are ideal

Veal

Osso Bucco

Pork

Fore quarter chops, diced pork shoulder or pork neck

Lamb

Boneless forequarter, neck chops, boneless shoulder or shanks

Slow cooker soup recipes are great during winter or anytime as a hearty meal, there are many different varieties that you can try to they are really easy to do as well.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      That pumpkin recipe look good.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      These are very tasty looking recipes. I use my slow cooker all the time!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Ooh, this sounds absolutely delicious - going to have to give it a try! :)

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I have a recipe for oxtail soup (the recipe can be found on Squidoo, by the way) that might just be wonderful in a slow cooker