20 Best Soups for Your Slow Cooker
There's just something about spooning a steaming bowl of soup into your mouth on a cold winter day. Maybe it's the way the flavors come to life on your tongue or how the liquid somehow manages to warm your entire body as it trickles down the back of your throat. Maybe it's the comforting memories it brings back or just the minimal effort it requires to consume it.
Whatever it is, you never turn down a hearty bowl of soup and we can't blame you. When made with the right ingredients, soup can aid weight loss, promote digestion, boost immunity, keep you fuller for longer, and much more! And because life is hella hectic this time of year, we went on a hunt for healthy crock pot recipes that were also soups. It doesn't get any simpler than this.
This diverse list contains recipes that are both delish and got our nutritional stamp of approval. As a disclaimer, each nutritional profile was calculated using low sodium broth and no additional salt. While you need 2,300 milligrams a day (according to the USDA), you don't need to knock them out with one meal. Bust out your slow cooker if you haven't and dive in! And make sure you're steering clear of these 15 Worst Ingredients to Put in Your Slow Cooker.
SLOW COOKER VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 220 calories, 3.4 g fat (1 g saturated), 227 mg sodium, 30.4 g carbs, 7.3 g fiber, 2.4 g sugar, 17 g protein
You've heard it a million times: "I don't eat red meat for reasons X, Y, and Z." And while we do understand that there are dietary reasons for ditching the protein, weight loss should not be one of them. In fact, grass-fed beef is higher in stearic acid than conventionally raised beef. Stearic acid is a type of long-chain saturated fat that slows digestion and plays a key role in regulating the energy-producing powerhouses of our cells AKA the mitochondria. Not to mention, studies link stearic acid with lowered LDL cholesterol and reduced inflammation.
Get the recipe from Cincy Shopper.
CROCK POT CHICKEN AND WILD RICE SOUP
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 251 calories, 8.7 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 156 mg sodium, 19.1 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1.2 g sugar, 22.3 g protein
Protein-boasting shredded chicken breast, wholesome wild rice, fibrous vegetables, and mineral-rich broth—this low fat, gluten-free soup is the perfect antidote to the holiday belly bulge.
Get the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.
WHITE CHICKEN LASAGNA SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 210 calories, 8 g fat (3.4 g saturated), 93 mg sodium, 20.4 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 1.5 g sugar, 14 g protein
Sink your teeth into a typical slice of lasagna and you'll be packing in at least 350 calories and up to 950 milligrams of sodium. And that's before the meatballs and Italian bread that are served along with it. Treat your taste buds to a cup of this instead. Even if you consumed two servings, you still wouldn't find yourself tapping out more than half a day's sodium count.
Get the recipe from Carl's Bad Cravings.
CROCK POT TOMATO BASIL SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 203 calories, 14.4 g fat (8.9 g saturated), 356 mg sodium, 10.9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.4 g sugar, 9 g protein
Diced tomatoes, celery, carrots, and onions are combined with fresh basil, oregano, light cream, parmesan, and chicken broth to make this tomato soup. When you're soup is this savory, who needs grilled cheese?
Get the recipe from Your Home Based Mom.
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN POT PIE STEW
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 209 calories, 6.2 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 142 mg sodium, 10.9 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 4.2 g sugar, 26.4 g protein
Chicken and veggies smothered in a creamy broth and baked inside a thick, nutrient-void crust? We'll admit that it's tempting, but it's no secret that chicken pot pie is a belly-bulging nightmare. Fortunately, you can ditch the white carbs, heavy cream, and butter. Just toss the remaining ingredients into a crock pot and you'll have yourself a low cal, nourishing dinner with all the flavor and none of the fattening ingredients.
Get the recipe from Centercut Cook.
SLOW COOKER KALE AND TURKEY MEATBALL SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 191 calories, 4 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 99 mg sodium, 23.3 g carbs, 5.3 g fiber, 1.6 g sugar, 16 g protein
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there since it's packed with more than 10 vitamins and minerals and is loaded with fiber. Promote digestion, boost immunity, aid weight loss, and fend off cancer with one serving of his wholesome meatball soup.
Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.
SLOW COOKER SAUSAGE SPINACH AND WHITE BEAN SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 405 calories, 11.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 304 mg sodium, 51.9 g carbs, 18 g fiber, 3.1 g sugar, 24.8 g protein
While this may be the most nutritionally dense soup on this list, it's well worth the extra cals. Packed with slow digesting white beans (which are loaded with belly-slimming carbohydrates), protein, and fiber, this soup fends off cravings and mood swings. (And let's face it, hangry isn't cute on anyone.) Although sausage is usually designated as a processed meat, it's not always the case. Look for meats with a pork, lamb or beef casing and those that are void of flour, cornstarch, and ingredients you can't pronounce.
Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.
SLOW COOKER SPLIT PEA AND HAM SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 253 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 521 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 13.3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 19.1 g protein (calculated with reduced sodium ham)
Ham can be pretty salty. However, if you opt for a reduced-sodium meat and soak it in water the night before adding it to your slow cooker, you can cut sodium counts and prevent bloat. Constantly find yourself with a bulging waistline and don't know why? Check out these 35 Thing That Make You Bloat to uncover the culprits.
Get the recipe from Destiation Delish.
CROCK POT SWEET POTATO CHIPOTLE CHILI
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 244 calories, 6.3 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 96 mg sodium, 27.2 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 3.3 g sugar, 20 g protein
Feeling a little ghostly? You're not alone. As the temperatures dip and the days get shorter, your exposure to sunlightis probably at a record low. Skip the cancer-causing tanning beds and messy self tanners, and consume more carotenoid-rich foods (like sweet potatoes) instead. Not only is it cheaper, but a recent study at Leeds University found that subjects who had a natural tan from their diet were found "more attractive" than those who got their glows from UV rays.
Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.
SLOW COOKER PASTA FAGIOLI SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 335 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 333 mg sodium, 50.2 g carbs, 13.3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 26 g protein
If you're an ETNT fanatic, you know that beans are the key to a healthy heart, a balanced gut, and a rockin' bod. This recipe is brimming with
resistant starch, a kind of starch that digests more slowly and helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. In fact, a study that followed more than 64,000 women for four years found that high intake of beans was associated with a 38 percent decreased risk of diabetes!
Get the recipe from The Recipe Critic.
SLOW COOKER STEAK AND POTATO SOUP
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 260 calories, 10.3 g fat (3.9 g saturated), 216 mg sodium, 13.9 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 1.2 g sugar, 26.4 g protein
Steak and potatoes may be a traditional American meal, but it's far from a healthful one. With saturated fat from supersized red meat, as well as butter and sour cream smothered potatoes, one can expect an expanding waistline and a slew of health problems when consumed on the reg. Trade your steak knives for a spoon—this low cal, high protein soup dishes up all the hearty flavor for a portion of the calories and fat.
Get the recipe from Plain Chicken.
HEALTHIFIED CROCK POT CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 335 calories, 8.7 g fat (2.3 g saturated), 182 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 7.2 g fiber, 3.7 g sugar, 33.7 g protein
As temperatures continue to drop, transport your taste buds south of the border with the protein-packed tortilla soup. When you make protein a priority, you can burn more calories, feel fuller longer, scorch fat, and see quicker results from the gym. For more ways to incorporate it into your diet, check out these 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss.
Get the recipe from The Skinny Fork.
CROCKPOT ROASTED GARLIC BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 110 calories, 3.5 g fat (1.8 g saturated), 315 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 5.5 g protein
If you can get passed the smell it leaves on your breath, fresh garlic can improve blood flow, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. And according to Korean research, garlic consumption may increase weight loss, reduce the formation of fat cells, and lessen the effects of an unhealthy diet (like say, around the holidays).
Get the recipe from Whole and Heavenly Oven.
SLOW COOKER WINTER MINESTRONE WITH SPLIT RED LENTILS
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 185 calories, 4 g fat (< 1 g saturated), 82 mg sodium, 30.6 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 4.8 g sugar, 8.7 g protein
With the addition of lentils, this recipe is far from your average bowl of minestrone soup. Not only are the legumes packed with protein and fiber—a macronutrient duo that will speed up metabolism and banish extra pounds—but they provide at least nine essential vitamins and minerals with less than a gram of fat! And if you're pregnant, you definitely want to add them to your pot; lentils can provide you with 90 percent of your daily folate quota.
Get the recipe from A Beautiful Plate.
SLOW COOKER FRENCH ONION SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 190 calories, 10.9 g fat (6.4 g saturated), 535 mg sodium, 11.6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.1 g sugar, 10.2 g protein (calculated with 6 cups of broth and whole wheat bread)
This list would not be complete without French onion soup. However, nutrient-void French bread, soaked in salty broth, onions, and butter, and oozing with cheese is hardly a dietary recommendation. Thankfully, we were able to find a recipe that's under 200 calories a serving and won't clog your arteries.
Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumn.
SLOW COOKER CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 190 calories, 14 g fat (12.1 g saturated), 221 mg sodium, 17.2 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 3 g protein
Pumpkins have a lot more to offer than pie. With more fiber and protein than sugar, the gourd is a natural appetite suppressant and fat-burner. And if you're a gym rat, you do not want to pass up a bowl of this heavenly soup. According to Taiwanese animal tests, eating the squash reduces the production of lactic acid (the compound that's responsible for making you sore). For more ways to get your pumpkin on, check out these 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Weight Loss!
Get the recipe from Cafe Johnsonia.
BEEF, TOMATO, AND ACINI DI PEPE SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving):249 calories, 8 g fat (2.8 g saturated), 367 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 21 g protein
If spaghetti and meatballs combined with pizza and soup, the result would be this recipe. Acini di pepe or "grains of pepper" in Italian is a type of bead-shaped pasta that works great in soups, especially this one. Mangia (let's eat)!
Get the recipe from Skinny Taste.
SKINNY BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
Nutrition (per 2 cup serving): 198 calories, 11.8 g fat (7.2 g saturated), 320 mg sodium, 13.5 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 5.6 g sugar, 11.5 g protein
Skip the bowl of Broccoli Cheddar from Panera, whip up a pot of this recipe and save 162 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1100 milligrams of sodium, and 16.5 grams of carbohydrate.
Get the recipe from Tone ad Tighten.
SLOW COOKER QUINOA, CHICKEN AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 303 calories, 11.9 g fat (6.9 g saturated), 97 mg sodium, 31.1 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 6.2 g sugar, 20.1 g protein
Although this recipe is overflowing with superfoods, coconut milk leads the pack. In case you didn't know, the white stuff isn't actually milk. It's a liquid found inside mature coconuts that improves digestion, fries fat, helps build lean muscle, lowers blood pressure, fights insulin spikes, and boasts electrolytes!
Get the recipe from I Food Real.
CROCK POT VEGETABLE LENTIL SOUP
Nutrition (per 1.5 cup serving): 210 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 394 mg sodium, 39.5 g carbs, 14.6 g fiber, 4.5 g sugar, 12.2 g protein
Cancer-battling, gut-friendly, energy-boosting, heart-healthy, and belly-shrinking—lentils are a dietary force to be reckoned with. You definitely don't want to pass this one up! For more flat belly mouthwatering bowls, check out these 20 Best-Ever Fat Burning Soups.
Get the recipe from Dear Criss.