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Slow-Cooked Soups for Winter Nights

POSTED January 26, 2021

There’s nothing like soup to nourish your family on a long cold winter’s evening. Whether you’re home all day and can spend time traditionally cooking on your stovetop or you prefer the ease of a crock pot, check out these tasty slow-cooked soup recipes!

Meal-Inspired Soups

If you can think of a comfort meal you love, The Modern Proper has turned it into a soup! From Taco Soup to Lasagna Soup to Coconut Curry Soup, your taste buds will be in for a treat as you explore these recipes for soups you didn’t even know existed! Best of all, they’re easier and quicker to make than the main courses that inspired them!

This time of year, there’s nothing like traveling around the world—culinarily speaking! The language website Babbel and the gourmet magazine Epicurious both have impressive lists of authentic soups from cultures all over the globe.

Soups with International Flavors

One of the most popular soups in Mexico is a pork-based soup made with guajillo chiles and hominy. This recipe from My Latina Table explains this tasty meal is often prepared for holidays and special occasions like weddings, but it’s also great any night of the week!

This vegetarian version of the popular Eastern European soup from Epicurious starts with a purely beet-based stock so the full flavor of all the veggies comes through. It’s also healthy and light—and delightfully colorful!

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to order Psarosoupa (fish soup) in a Greek restaurant, you’ll be eager to try your hand at making it at home! In this recipe, the light fish and vegetable broth are complemented by a creamy avgolemono (lemon-egg sauce) for a satisfying finish!

Slow Cooker Soups

Love the aroma of a fragrant meal cooking in your slow cooker all day long? There’s nothing like soup made in your crock pot to have everyone’s mouths watering! And you can’t beat the convenience of slow cookers.

For a rich and creamy meal of a soup, check out this popular slow cooker Cordon Bleu Soup recipe from Taste of Home! Ham, chicken, vegetables, cream, and three kinds of cheese are cooked in broth and topped with crotons!

Classic French Onion Soup is even better when simmered in a slow cooker all night and all day! This recipe from The Kitchn gets its richness from beef broth, butter, and three pounds of onions! The secret is to cook the sliced onions and butter first until they are caramelized (overnight), then add the beef broth and the rest of the ingredients and cook all day.

Bone Broths and Instant Pots

These highly nutritious broths have recently rocketed in popularity—and price. But did you know you can make your own at home? Bon Appetit offers some tips to avoid common pitfalls. Since making beef bone broth requires several hours of cooking—even overnight—the crock pot is a perfect solution.

In a hurry? You can get slow-cooked flavor in less than an hour with these Instant Pot recipes! From Crunchy Creamy Sweet, this classic Chicken Noodle Soup recipe in your Instant Pot tastes like you cooked all day. Delish offers their rendition of the versatile Lentil Soup, where you can load it up with veggies—and even make it vegan by eliminating the cheese garnish.

Warm Up in Crystal Valley!

A beautiful custom kitchen is the heart of your home! On a cold day, you’ll be cozy and warm in  the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! Check out the surroundings and the beautiful new homes from D.R. Horton, Richmond American Homes, and Kauffman Homes, and Century Communities, priced from the $300s. 


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