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Let’s talk soup: It’s one of our favorite winter dishes, but unless we make the stock from scratch or stand over a simmering pot for hours, it’s hard to achieve the deep, complex flavor we crave. That’s why making soup in a slow cooker is brilliant. It cooks for hours (hello, big flavor) but is completely hands-off. Voilà, seven comforting Crock-Pot classics. You know what? This whole winter thing isn’t so bad after all. 

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Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Just as easy as opening a can, but a million times tastier.

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Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

The traditional Italian stew just got so much easier to pull off.

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Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Seven hours of simmering makes for robust, restaurant-quality broth. (Oh, and the crispy cheese. So. Much. Cheese.)

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Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup

Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Who wants to reboot?

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

The kiddos will ask you to make this on repeat (luckily, it’s a breeze).

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Your Crock-Pot is the easiest way to prep this warming classic.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

If you can’t find fresh corn because, well, it’s winter—sub in 4½ cups of frozen kernels for the same silky results.

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