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The 5+ Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

It’s always the perfect time to take out the slow cooker and make some soup. Get some new ideas with this list of The Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes.

If you want more soup ideas, even non-slow cooker ones, check out all our soup recipes.

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I love soup. Honestly, if you ask me, every season is soup season. Even if it’s hot out, I’m making soup for dinner.

And using the slow cooker is such an easy way to make homemade soup. You chop all the ingredients and put them in the slow cooker in the morning. Your home smells delicious all day. And then, at dinnertime, the soup is ready. If you’re looking for an easy dinner for busy weeknights, these soups are it.

Even better, since everything is cooked in one pot, there’s less mess after dinner. All you’re cleaning is one pot and one serving spoon.

Have I convinced you yet? If I did, this list of slow cooker soup recipes will give you some delicious soups to make for dinner.

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Soup is just one of the types of slow cooker recipes you can make. For more ideas, check out our list of Budget-Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes.

You’ll get recipes for pulled pork, chicken drumsticks, and more.

Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

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As we add more slow cooker soup recipes to Drugstore Divas, we will update this list. So be sure to save it (bookmark it, pin it, however you save posts) so you can come back later and see what we’ve added.

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup With Chicken

If you have leftover chicken (either chicken you made at home or rotisserie chicken from the grocery store), you can use it to flavor Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup. This is a really great alternative for people who don’t like split pea soup with ham.

Chunks of chicken are slow cooker with carrots, onion, celery, garlic, and green split peas for eight hours, then mashed to make a really hearty soup.

A yellow spoon with onion, potatoes, celery, carrots, corn, and ham in it and the words "Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup" digitally written on top.

Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup

Next time you make ham, save the bone. You can use it to add a ton of great flavor to this Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup.

It’s also made with carrots, onion, celery, corn, potatoes, and a bunch of leftover ham (plus any ham that’s left on the bone). This easy soup is delicious and a great way to stretch your budget.

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup With Ham

One of the most delicious ways to use up leftover ham is by adding it to this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup With Ham. Even better, a little bit of that ham is fried in bacon fat for a delicious ham crumble garnish. That’s honestly the best part of this soup.

This hearty soup also has split peas and vegetables, which give the soup a ton of flavor.

Chicken soup in a mason jar.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is so easy to make in the slow cooker. It’s a lot more hands off as compared to the stove top version, which is good if you’re making this when you’re not feeling well.

Peel and chop your fresh vegetables and add them to the slow cooker with chicken breast and chicken broth. Let that cook, then add wide egg noodles. Cook until the noodles are soft, then serve.

Homemade chicken noodle soup freezes really well, so you can make it when you’re feeling good and defrost it when you’re feeling sick.

Slow Cooker Potato Cheddar Soup in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Cheddar Potato Soup

I make this Cheddar Potato Soup all the time. There’s a bit prep work because there’s a bunch of chopping involved, but after that, this creamy soup is pretty much hands off.

You will need a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the soup after its done to make it a creamy mixture.

Top each bowl of soup with sour cream, a little more cheddar cheese, and green onions. This slow cooker potato soup is really good with a crusty bread on the side or homemade croutons on top.

Taco Soup in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup has all the flavors of tacos in a comforting soup instead of in a taco shell.

You cook the meat on the stove top, then add it to the slow cooker with beans, onions, chicken broth, a can of tomatoes, and taco seasoning. When it’s done, stir in some shredded cheese and that’s it.

You can serve the soup with crushed tortilla chips and sour cream on top, which adds such a fun element to the soup.

Chicken soup ingredients in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Soups: Frequently Asked Questions

What slow cooker is best for soup?

A 6-quart slow cooker easily fits six servings of soup (about eight cups of water or broth plus the rest of the soup ingredients).

We have this Cook & Carry slow cooker by Crock Pot, which has latches on both sides, so you can transport the slow cooker when dinner is done. It’s perfect is you’re going to be slow cooking your soup at home then transporting it to a friend’s house or to a post luck.

The removable stone insert in that slow cooker doubles as another cooking vessel and can safely go in the microwave and the oven (up to 400 F). Not all slow cookers can do that, so this model means you’re getting a few different uses out of it.

When should you cook the meat for slow cooker soup?

If you have extra time, cook the meat first, marinate meats like beef and sear them on the stove before adding them to your slow cooker. They’ll add more flavor into your soup that way.

Does vegetable size matter in slow cooker soups?

In order for everything to cook evenly, uniformly cut the vegetables.

You want to make sure everything in your slow cooker soup is roughly the same size. Plus, it’s just easier to eat soup when everything is the same size.

How should I layer ingredients in slow cooker soups?

You don’t want to haphazardly put all the ingredients into the slow cooker.

Put ingredients that take longer to cook at the bottom of the slow cooker because they’ll cook faster due to the surface area of the bottom.

Keep the ingredients will cook quickly on top. Carrots and potatoes are good at the bottom; seasoning should stay at the top.

Any type of heavy cream or milk should be stirred in at the end of cooking so it doesn’t separate.

Can you add pasta to slow cooker soups?

If you want to add pasta to one of these slow cooker soup recipes, add it at the very end. 

Pasta will get incredibly mushy if you add it too early. It will also absorb a lot of your broth, leaving you with hardly any soup.

Boiling pasta on the stove, then tossing it into bowls and adding the soup on top is your best best.

Can you overcook soup in a slow cooker?

Soup can’t really overcook in a slow cooker because the temperature of a slow cooker is generally so low. So don’t worry about overcooking your soup.

How do you store leftover slow cooker soup?

​Unplug the slow cooker and let the soup cool down to room temperature. Put it in an airtight container and keep soup in the fridge for up to a week. If you’re not going to eat it within the week, you can freeze soup for up to three months.

Which of these Slow Cooker Soup Recipes are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments.