Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

It really doesn’t get easier than Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup, right?   Throw everything in the crockpot, set for 8 hours and dinner is ready when you get home.  A healthy, satisfying dinner!  And the house smells sooooo good!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’ve included barley in this recipe to for the bigger appetites in the family.  And if your carnivores want more, pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home to add more and stretch this recipe for an extra day.  Best thing about this dish is that you can include any leftover veggies you happen to have in the fridge.  In this day of rising food prices, we’ve got to make the most of our produce.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’ve been chopping and freezing leftover veggies and storing them in the freezer for something just like this.  You can even prep your veggies the night before so that it’s just a matter of tossing everything in the pot before heading out the door in the morning.

What’s your go-to slow cooker meal in the winter months?  Share with me on Instagram by tagging @simplyfreshdinners and #simplyfreshdinners and I’ll share with my readers!


Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

It really doesn’t get easier than Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup, right? Throw everything in the crockpot, set for 8 hours and dinner is ready when you get home. A healthy, satisfying dinner! And the house smells sooooo good!

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano (1 tsp if using dried)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (1 tsp if using dried)
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes, (fire-roasted would be nice too)
  • 8 cups low sodium, organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  1. Combine all ingredients except parsley and spinach in the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Set for 8 hours on low.

  2. Remove bay leaves and add fresh parsley.
  3. Place a small handful of spinach on the bottom of each bowl, top with soup and serve.

    Cheers!

Use whatever veggies you have in your fridge.  Be creative!

If you’ve got meat eaters who would like more, pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home.

Rice or pasta would work well instead of barley.

 

As simple as it gets. Ten minutes prep and dinner is ready! From Simply Fresh Dinners!

10 Comments

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    Chris Scheuer
    November 28, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Soup is perfect to me any time of day and if it’s loaded with healthy veggies, that’s a win win! I love the unique spices in your soup Robyn!

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      Robyn
      November 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I like to change up the flavors in soup, Chris, and smoked paprika is a favorite. Everyone is o busy this time of year, it’s nice to have a hot meal waiting for you at home. Thanks for popping by 🙂

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Love soup! And this is soup weather. This looks SO GOOD! I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough, and this recipe is the perfect way to use it. Thanks!
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      Robyn
      November 30, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Hi John,
      I don’t use mine either but I’m planning to change that this winter. They are so handy! And any time saver makes a difference 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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    Mindy
    December 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I will be making this soup one day this week for sure!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      December 5, 2017 at 7:59 am

      So easy and delicious, Mindy. And I added in some different flavors for a kick 🙂 Enjoy
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    Diane
    December 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    That looks so lovely and delicious. I’m already imaging having one right now for this cold weather. Perfect!!

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    GiGi Eats
    December 4, 2018 at 10:22 am

    We have a slow cooker. However, I don’t think I can tell you the last time we ever used it. Maybe in January of this last year when the Superbowl happened?! Now that it’s far cooler in LA though, I could totally whip that baby out and make something (LIKE YOUR SOUP) because my insides need some warming!!!! Yes, I am pathetic and freezing at 49/50 degree weather.

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    Brittany
    December 10, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Oh man, this looks SO good. Perfect for the colder months.

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