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19 Slow Cooker And Instant Pot Soups That Basically Cook Themselves

Low effort, high reward.

The slow cooker and Instant Pot are miracle appliances for any soup lover — allowing you to make and enjoy your favorite recipes with way less effort.

If you're looking for new soups to make in your Instant Pot or Crock-Pot, start with these. From chicken noodle to zuppa toscana, here are some super-easy soup recipes you should bookmark and add to your catalog.

1. Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Bowl of wild rice soup
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All that's needed to make this creamy masterpiece? Carrots, celery, onion, wild rice, chicken broth, mushrooms, and seasoning.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

2. Instant Pot Beef and Vegetable Soup

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You'll just have to brown the beef in the Instant Pot first and quickly sauté the veggies — before adding all the ingredients to the pot and pressure-cooking everything. You can add frozen peas and corn at the end before you serve if you feel like it, but that's up to you!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Beef and Vegetable Soup

3. Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

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If you love lasagna but can't be bothered to actually go through all the steps to make it, here's the shortcut solution: lasagna soup! All the flavors of your favorite dish without any of the hassle.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

4. Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup

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This is packed with protein thanks to the lentils, and you can easily make this soup vegan by using vegetable stock instead of chicken.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup

5. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Bowl of chicken pot pie soup topped with a heart-shaped puff toppers
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To make these super-cute heart-shaped puff toppers, all you need to do is cut some store-bought puff pastry into hearts (or circles or whatever shapes you'd like) and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

6. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant pot chicken tortilla soup
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A super-bright soup to add some color to the dreariest winter night. Top it with crispy tortilla strips or chips for an extra crunch.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

7. Crock-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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This bright, wholesome soup requires only 15 minutes of prep before you pop everything in the slow cooker and let it simmer low and slow all day.

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

8. Easy Instant Pot Chili

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This vegan chili is filled with warming spices (chile powder, cumin, paprika) to bring some heat into this cold winter.

Get the recipe: Easy Instant Pot Chili

alexandracooks.com

If you're looking for an incredibly easy recipe, this one is for you. You don't even need to peel the carrots and apples. Throw all the veggies in a slow cooker, let it do its work for four to eight hours, add some coconut milk, and blend it all together. That's it!

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

10. Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

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Spicy Italian sausages in a creamy pesto broth, with just a hint of lemon, and all of this ready in just 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

ambitiouskitchen.com

This super-creamy soup is made with pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and chicken. If you want to make the process even quicker and easier, you can also use leftover rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breasts. Just add it at the end of the cooking instead of at the beginning.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chicken Soup

12. Instant Pot Chicken Ramen

Instant Pot chicken ramen
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You're telling me I'm just 30 minutes away from enjoying a steaming bowl of homemade ramen? Sign me up!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Ramen

13. Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup

Bowls of potato green split pea soup
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This is vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. Triple win.

Get the recipe: Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup

14. Crock-Pot Tortellini Soup With Sausage

Crockpot tortellini soup with sausage in a bowl
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The recipe recommends sautéing the sausage and onion in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker — but it's not the end of the world if you skip it. And if you want to add an extra kick to your soup, be sure to use spicy Italian sausage.

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot Tortellini Soup With Sausage

15. Congee

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Technically, congee is more of a rice porridge than a soup. But I'm not here to get technical. (It's the ultimate comfort food, and it's eaten with a spoon — therefore it qualifies as a soup!) This version calls for ham bone, but you could use seafood, mushrooms, or just make it with chicken broth. It's all about the toppings: scallions, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, fried shallots. Get creative — you won't regret it.

Get the recipe: Congee

16. Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot stuffed pepper soup
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If you love stuffed peppers (and who doesn't??), then you'll love this hearty soup, ready in 40 minutes with the help of your precious pressure cooker.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

17. Instant Pot Pho

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You'll need to char the ginger and onions and boil the meat for a few minutes before you can place everything in the Instant Pot and let it work its magic. But all in all, the prep is super straightforward and nothing compared with the six-plus hours it usually takes to make traditional pho.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Pho

18. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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This recipe makes for a ton of soup, which means you can freeze half of it and warm it up on any cold evening when you're feeling too lazy to cook.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ready in just 30 minutes and filled with green veggies and sharp cheddar cheese, this creamy beauty is about to become your next go-to winter weeknight meal.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar and Zucchini Soup

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