Imagine – being able to turn a few vegetables you already have on hand into a budget-friendly meal. This fall I am challenging myself to try one new slow cooker soup recipe a week starting…today. And there is no better place to begin than with these slow cooker soups I’ve rounded up. I’m looking forward to loading the soups with healthy ingredients that are budget-friendly.
10 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes That are Budget-Friendly
If you haven’t purchased a slow cooker yet, it’s a worthwhile investment. Check out these ones from Amazon.ca. Many people use their slow cookers almost every day, but it is still a valuable tool if used even weekly. And it might make it onto your list of top 10 kitchen tools once you experience the convenience of slow cooker meals!
I encourage you to prepare food once to last for the week. These slow cooker soup recipes are perfect for this approach to meal planning. If Sundays are your food prep day, chop all the vegetables you need for Monday’s slow cooker soup. Store them in the fridge and throw them in the crock pot Monday morning. Couldn’t be easier.
If you have chopped the carrots, celery, spinach and onion in advance, this soup will take less than 10 minutes to make in the morning. I love soup recipes with kidney beans (and am always pleasantly surprised that my kids gobble them up).
As soon as I spot a sale on ham, I am going to try a large batch of this Corn Potato Chowder. So few ingredients create this hearty soup.
This will be my first soup to try because broccoli and cheese are both on sale this week. After the soup is cooked, adjust the blending time according to your family’s texture preference. Our family prefers some chunks of vegetables, rather than a soup that is very creamy.
This recipe promises to be hearty and healthy, but not heavy. Shred the carrots so they are not noticeable, or leave larger pieces if you prefer.
Curried Vegetable Soup
This Vegan recipe only takes about 3 hours on high, so it can be a 2:00 inspiration and on the table for dinnertime.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can control the amount of salt that goes into it, unlike canned tomato soup, which is surprisingly high in sodium.
Who better to share a slow cooker recipe than someone who made 365 slow cooker recipes in one year – without repeats! She promises this is “creamy, comforting and delicious” so I had to put it on our list.
This recipe would also be good with cauliflower, celery and/or mushrooms. Great way to use up vegetables on a “clean out the fridge” day.
Great way to use up 4 or 5 large potatoes, with stewing beef you have found (on sale, of course!). I am a big fan of barley in soups so I can’t wait to try this one.
I was heart-broken when The Olive Garden left Ontario so imagine my delight when I found a slow cooker soup recipe similar to their minestrone. If only it came with unlimited garlic bread…
Using a slow cooker is a great way to eliminate the chaos that happens around dinner hour (or is that just my house?). The prep is done in the morning or afternoon, and all that is left to do is scoop up some yummy soup goodness, all on a budget.
What is your favourite meal to create in the slow cooker?