Crockpot Soups and Stews

Bean and Bacon Soup
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Crockpot soups and stews are some of the easiest and most satisfying recipes ever. And the slow cooker is the best way to cook these hearty and healthy recipes.

All you have to do is combine the ingredients in your slow cooker and turn it on. The crockpot does all of the work. For some of these recipes you may have to add dumplings or stir something in towards the end of the cooking time, but that's it! There's nothing like coming home on a cold winter day to a home smelling of the most wonderful warming soup.

These recipes can be varied in so many ways, too. Use your favorite ingredients, add or subtract one or more ingredient, or change the flavor by changing herbs and spices. That's one of the best things about cooking recipes, as opposed to baking recipes, which rely on precise measurements. You can add or subtract ingredients as you'd like, depending on your taste and what you have on hand. Just make sure that you make a note of the changes you made so you can reproduce the recipe.

Because soups are probably the most adaptable recipe, they are perfect for beginning cooks. It's really hard to ruin a soup, especially when it's cooked in the crockpot. Hotter cooking crockpots don't even make that much of a difference when the food is cooked in so much liquid. But they do make some difference, so reduce the cooking times by an hour or two if you have a new crockpot.

Enjoy these easy and delicious recipes. These recipes are really one-pot meals, so all you need to serve with them is a tossed salad with mushrooms and tomatoes, or a fruit salad made from seasonal ingredients, along with some crunchy toasted bread or breadsticks.

Crockpot Soups and Stews