Slow cooker soups: 3 easy, tasty, healthy and affordable recipes

After slow cooker soup recipes? Let your slow cooker bring out the flavours of these fabulous soups while you get on with something else instead

Slow cooker soups
(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Step away from tinned soup, and make it a slow cooker soup instead. Soup is sooo easy to prepare with a slow cooker, plus you’re getting homemade grub at a low price, can use up leftovers and can control what goes into it – what a result. 

If you haven’t treated yourself to one of these amazing cookers yet, check out our guide to the best slow cookers. There's still time to grab a bargain before Black Friday, too. We've listed the best deals currently, below. 

Ready for a tasty lunch, simple supper or delicious starter? Take a look at these three brilliant slow cooker soup recipes.

Morphy Richards 3.5L Sear and Stew Slow Cooker a Argos| Was £40, now £30

Take your winter cooking to the next level with this sleek offering from Morphy Richards that is safe to go on a hob. The aluminium inner bowl is dishwasher safe; but what makes this slow cooker really special is the sear mode, which means you can crisp up your meat before slow cooking it. Yum.


View Deal

Morphy Richards 6.5L Auto-Stir Slow Cooker at Argos| Was £70, now £60

This is another nice on-the-hob slow cooker, but this one has the ability to not only sear the food, but also to stir it to ensure perfectly even cooking. The handles of this slow cooker always stay cool, making serving easy.View Deal

1. Curried red lentil, tomato and coconut slow cooker soup

Slow cooker soups

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

This scrumptious soup combines warming flavours and, if your slow cooker doesn’t have a sauté function, just needs a little preparation on the hob before you let the appliance do the work.    

You will need: 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed chilli flakes, plus a few to garnish
  • 100g red lentils
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • Chopped coriander, to garnish
  • Green chilli slices, to garnish

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan then add the onions and fry for around eight minutes until softened, or use the slow cooker’s sauté function if it has one.

2. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, chilli flakes, and cook, stirring, for around two minutes.

3. Add the lentils and cook stirring for a minute.

4. Add the mixture to the slow cooker pot, if using a frying pan.

5. Add tomatoes and vegetable stock, and season with salt and pepper.

6. Set aside 60ml of coconut milk, then add the remainder to the pot, stirring to combine the ingredients.

7. Cover and cook on high for one to two hours.

8. Season to taste and serve drizzled with the remaining coconut milk, chopped coriander, and chilli slices, if liked.

2. Chilli chicken, bean, corn and lime slow cooker soup

Slow cooker soup

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

The slow cooker will make the chicken in this soup beautifully tender. If you want to turn it into more of a meal, serve accompanied with rice. Coriander makes a great alternative garnish if you don’t want the kick of extra chilli.

You will need:

  • 500g skinless boneless chicken thighs, or breasts, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green chillli, chopped, plus slices, seeds removed if preferred, to garnish
  • 200g can sweetcorn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

Method:

1. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and stir in stock, cannellini beans, onion, garlic, chilli, sweetcorn, cumin and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cover and cook on low for seven to eight hours, or high for five to six hours.

3. Stir in lime juice and season to taste.

4. Garnish with slices of green chilli.

3. Mushroom and potato slow cooker soup

Slow cooker soup

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Like your soup creamy? This recipe is sure to please. Offset its richness by serving with warm, fresh bread, or add the crunch of toasted slices.

You will need

  • 50g butter
  • 450g mushrooms
  • 30g flour
  • 425ml chicken stock
  • 2 to 3 small potatoes cut into 1.5cm pieces
  • 230ml single cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish

Method:

1. Melt the butter in a frying pan, and add the mushrooms and cook until tender, around five minutes.

2. Add the flour slowly, and keep stirring until the mixture is smooth.

3. Place the mixture in the slow cooker and add the stock.

4. Add the potatoes, then the single cream, and stir until the mixture is combined.

5. Cover and cook on high for three hours or low for six hours, or until the potatoes are tender.

6. Season to taste and serve garnished with parsley.