As the weather turns cooler, soup and salad make an easy family dinner. There's nothing like the smell of a pot of soup cooking on the stove, but most parents don't have time for that during the week.
When you use your crockpot to let the soup cook while you're at work, dinner can be on the table in minutes. Whether you want a pot of chili or a favorite like vegetable beef or chicken noodle soup, the crockpot will make the meal easy.
From hearty soups loaded with chicken or beef to vegetarian delights, you'll find lots of crockpot soup recipes at BettyCrocker.com.
Cool, rainy days are perfect for soup. With winter just around the corner, plan ahead to enjoy a simple soup and salad dinner once a week.
Pick up a bag of mixed salad or make your own, chopping vegetables in the morning as you prepare the soup. Store the chopped vegetables in plastic containers until meal time.
You can mix your favorite ingredients with a can of cream soup or broth to create your own soup. Here's a simple crockpot recipe for vegetable soup.
Crockpot Vegetable Soup
1 can tomato soup
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can vegetable, beef or chicken broth
1 can water
3 cans of vegetables, any variety (substitute frozen if you prefer)
Salt and pepper or non-salt seasoning to taste
Spray the liner of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours.
Serve with salad or sandwiches. Add cooked chicken or beef to this recipe while cooking for a more hearty soup.
For chili lovers, the crockpot makes mealtime a delight. Mix all of the ingredients for your favorite chili including cooked meat and let your chili simmer on low all day. Here's a chili recipe for the crockpot.
Easy Crockpot Chili
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 chopped pepper
1 large or 2 small cans diced tomatoes
2 cans chili beans
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Brown beef or turkey in a pan. Veggie lovers can replace the meat with sliced squash, zucchini or other vegetables.
Spray the liner of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours. Serve with grated cheese and crackers.
Make a delicious soup and salad family dinner the easy way by using your crockpot to do the work for you. While you're at work or running errands, your meal is cooking the easy way.