January is National Soup Month. With the cold weather and extra time indoors, it’s the perfect time to spend the day stewing a great homemade soup. At Ultimate Mom, we know that busy Moms don’t always have a whole day to watch a soup pot, which is why we love crockpot recipes. You dump the ingredients and let the soup cook all day or even overnight. It’s so easy and simple. You can use fresh ingredients or opt for canned products to reduce your time in the kitchen even further.
To celebrate National Soup Month, we have gathered our 20 favorite, kid-friendly, crockpot soup recipes to get you cooking!
This vegetarian delight is so full of flavor you won’t notice that it’s not made with meat and neither will your family. The hardest part of making this soup is chopping the onion. The ingredients are all very easily found at your grocery store. The grilled cheese croutons are a great comfort food addition to add a bit of crunch to the creamy texture of the soup. Don’t sweat it if you make too much you can always freeze any leftovers for a rainy day when cooking doesn’t sound appealing.
What could be better than a hot bowl of pumpkin soup when it’s chilly out? This delicious recipe requires a little sauté work and a blender but other than that it’s easy as pie. The coconut milk adds a new dimension of flavor to this creamy concoction. The addition of the toasted pumpkin seed garnish gives the soup a crunchy depth to the texture. This soup is another that freezes well so a big batch is a big plus.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you don’t have to handle raw meat except to put it in the crockpot. A close second is that you don’t have to do much chopping except for the onion and garlic. You can just use a bag of frozen chopped broccoli. Also, the rice is cooked right along with everything else so there’s no need to dirty a bunch of dishes. The addition of cheese and bacon bits really complements the creaminess of the soup.
This recipe is super tasty and very hearty not to mention healthy. Allowing the ingredients to simmer in vegetable stock give it a very flavorful base. It takes away all the guesswork and stress of cooking dehydrated beans. The option to leave the soup chunky or to blend all or part of it is great if you prefer a different texture. Garnish your batch however you’d like. Adding avocado, cilantro and diced tomatoes provide some color the darkness of the soup. Freeze any leftovers for a day when you don’t feel like cooking and want a quick meal.
This soup is wonderful because it cooks the beef to perfection, which gives the broth a deeper flavor. There aren’t a lot of ingredients but that plays to it’s benefit. It’s simple but it packs a whole lot of punch. You’ll want to drink the broth! If you’d like you can certainly add some veggies that suit your tastes.
6. Lasagna Soup
It sounds odd but this soup is absolutely delicious. Somehow it’s lighter but still just as rich in flavor as traditional lasagna. There are quite a few ingredients to this one but that’s part of what makes it so delicious. You’re basically making your own sauce and it’s wonderful. You won’t be able to resist a second helping. The noodles may need to be broken up prior to putting them in the crockpot so they are more easily scooped up with a spoon.
7. Pizza Soup
Pizza is so good that you really don’t think there’s a way to make it better. Then there’s this. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it whatever type of marinara-based pizza you want. Add or omit any veggies or meats that you prefer. The addition of the breadsticks for dipping is fantastic. The only fuss is browning the Italian sausage and really that’s not so bad.
It’s always a small concert when someone orders fajitas at a restaurant. The sound of the meat and veggies sizzling on the cast iron plate, the smell that seems to permeate the entire dining room, and the assembly line of the diner putting it all together in a tortilla. This soup recipe is a great way to get the satisfaction without witnessing others drooling over your meal. This recipe is as easy as opening packages and cans and setting them in the pot to low simmer. If you miss the flare of putting your fajita together don’t worry. The toppings still allow you to get really creative and make it exactly how you like it.
This recipe looks like it might be complicated because of all the ingredients but it’s really simple since everything is pretty well cooked you just have to open a few cans. Chicken chili is a great healthy alternative to traditional beef chili but adding the barbeque flavor is a wonderful new twist to this dish. The addition of the liquid smoke gives you the sensation that you’re at a backyard barbeque rather than snuggled up at home.
Tomato soup never tasted so good. That’s probably because this recipe is so easy to follow. The key to this soup is the roux and boy is it delicious. If you want to make this dish a little fresher try using fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes. If you don’t mind going one more step make grilled cheese sandwiches to accompany this soup or make the grilled cheese croutons we learned about in the split pea soup recipe. This recipe is also great for freezing in single serve portions that can be thawed for future meals.
This soup requires a little more effort to peel and chop all the veggies but using fresh food is absolutely worth the effort. It’s wonderful that the recipe uses seasonal vegetables as well. Typically foods in season are a little less expensive at the grocery store. If you have a year round farmers’ market available you’ll be able to find all of the ingredients there. It is downright scrumptious. As long as you use vegetable stock this soup is not only vegetarian but it’s vegan too!
Chicken and chorizo make a beautiful pair in this delicious stew. It’s heartwarmingly hearty with a mild spice to keep the cold at bay. Even with the fatty chorizo, this is a high-protein, diet-friendly dish. This recipe is also really flexible. You can cook it for 4-6 hours or 8-10, depending on your time frame. Then stash some away to take to work the next day or portion out a few servings to freeze for later.
Thai dishes have an incredible flavor profile so replicating a dish at home can seem almost impossible. This amazing soup recipe defies logic. It’s so delicious and surprisingly very easy to make. There are a couple ingredients you may have a hard time locating in your local grocery store. Try stopping into an Asian market near you home. The chances are very likely that they’ll have what you’re looking for.
Based on your kid’s favorite meal, this cheesy comfort soup is fantastic! It’s like a cheeseburger and fries in one bowl. If you’d like a leaner option you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef and use a low-fat cheese. With all the delicious flavors of this recipe no one will be able to tell the difference. It’s also a pretty clever way to get your kids to enjoy eating their vegetables. The flavor of cheeseburger hides the celery and carrots that dot this recipe. All the fun without the bun!
Buffalo chicken wings are delicious but they’re pretty unhealthy and not to mention messy, especially for kids. This soup lets you enjoy the dish without the guilt of eating something fatty and fried. The crockpot version allows you to cook everything in one pot which is great when it comes time to do dishes. Top with a little crumbled blue cheese or a dash of ranch and enjoy. This recipe is also great to make for your Super Bowl party!
There’s just something so satisfying about coconut milk in a soup. It sets the dish on a whole new course of flavors. Healthy sweet potatoes complement the mild spice of this Indian-inspired dish. The finished product may look a little odd but don’t let that stop you from digging in. You can eat it as a thicker stew or you can serve it over rice. Yum!
This flavorful soup is hearty and filling. Letting it slow cook gives the lentils the perfect texture so you don’t have to worry about how to cook them properly. Simply toss in the ingredients and set the heat. It’s perfect to get started in the morning to have dinner ready for the evening. If you’d like something to dip into it try lightly toasting some pita bread.
18. Pork Ramen
The wonderful thing about ramen is that you can make it one hundred percent your own. You start with the base for it and in this case pork but after that you can top it however you please. Put a soft-boiled egg in it. Use as much Sriracha as you like. Add all the veggies your heart desires. Doctoring this soup to taste is a great way to get your kids invested in the meal. You could set out a few things that they can choose from. Slow cooking the pork the way this recipe describes makes it unbelievably tender while adding delicious flavor to the broth of the ramen.
19. Vietnamese Pho
Traditional Vietnamese pho requires several hours to build the both base. Admittedly, this recipe does take a little longer to prepare than the others on this list but it’s definitely worth every single effort. If you have the time don’t skip any steps but it’s okay if you don’t do everything to the letter your pho will still end up being delicious. If you’d like to keep with the traditional flavors of pho there’s no way around going to the Asian market. It’s really only the needles that you’ll need to specifically purchase there and you’ll recognize the word “pho” as an indicator of the package you’ll need.
Fresh, homemade chicken alphabet soup is the ultimate nod to childhood. It just makes you think of getting over a cold as you breathe in the aroma (assuming your nose isn’t completely blocked). Your kids will love trying to find words in their soup. If they’re too young for spelling them out completely ask them to tell you a few words that start with a letter they recognize from their soup. Even mealtime can be an opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary.
There you have it. A bounty of recipes that take very little effort and frees up your time to focus on other activities like spending time with your family. The best part is even if your little ones aren’t quite ready to help with the chopping or browning ground beef they’ll certainly enjoy helping you dump everything in the crock pot. These recipes are sure to warm you and your family up no matter what the temperature is outside and you’ll make a lot of great memories in the process. Bon Apetite!