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Five Ingredient Soups

From Crockpot to Quick Simmer


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Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Linda Larsen

Cooler weather makes me long for soup. Nothing warms or comforts better than a hot bowl of creamy, thick soup, full of rich and satisfying ingredients like chunks of beef, tender carrot, crisp onion, and melted cheese. And soups are so easy to make! Just combine the ingredients in the crockpot or in a saucepan on top of your stove and let it cook away. The best way to make recipes easier is to limit the number of ingredients: thus, five ingredient soup recipes! Remember, five ingredient recipes don't count oil, water, herbs and spices, salt, pepper, sugar, or flour.

My favorite author, Laurie Colwin, was always advocating Lentil Soup. She would combine lentils with water and just a few ingredients and let it simmer all day on the lowest possible heat. I prefer using a crockpot instead of the stovetop; other than that, I agree wholeheartedly. Soups are so versatile and accommodating; you can combine just about any ingredients that you like and let them simmer into a delicious soup.

Soup can be a meal in itself; I like to add some homemade Cheese Crackers or some crusty, chewy bakery bread for a finishing touch. Or think about toppings for soup to easily add some crunch and flavor. Popcorn on Beer Cheese Soup is an obvious one; try croutons, crisp crumbled bacon, goldfish or oyster crackers, or toasted nuts too. Enjoy these soup recipes and savor the flavors of fall and winter.


Five Ingredient Soups

  • Five Ingredient Lentil Soup
    This easy and nutritious soup can be simmered on the lowest possible heat all day, or cooked in the crockpot.
  • Boursin Soup
    This rich and creamy soup uses purchased boursin cheese to add velvety texture and wonderful flavor.
  • Crockpot Easy Beef Stew
    Frozen vegetables are the shortcut in this delicious recipe. Add them during the last 30 minutes of cooking so they stay crisp tender.
  • Crockpot French Onion Soup
    It's amazing that this soup with the complex flavor can be cooked in the crockpot. The onions are even browned in my favorite appliance before the stock is added to simmer for hours.
  • Tomato Tortellini Soup
    There's something about the combination of tomato soup with pasta that is so satisfying. Use your favorite pasta in this super quick recipe.
  • Slow Cooker Yellow Pea and Chorizo Chowder
    Chorizo is a spicy Spanish sausage that adds wonderful flavor to this crockpot chowder.
  • Pumpkin Soup
    Fall's quintessential ingredient makes a velvety, rich soup. Top this one with some purchased pesto for a fabulous dinner that's fancy enough for company.
  • Chicken Ramen Soup
    With ramen soup mix, this dish is ready in just minutes.
  • Easy Crockpot Meatball Soup
    Frozen fully cooked meatballs are the secret ingredient in this yummy slow cooker soup.
  • Potato Carrot Soup
    Sixteen cloves of garlic in this recipe? Don't worry - with simmering, they become mellow and sweet, a perfect complement to the root vegetables.
  • Five Ingredient Crockpot Chili
    This simple chili develops wonderful deep flavors and texture when cooked in the crockpot.
  • Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea and Sausage Soup
    The combination of chewy, tender wheat berries and velvety black eyed peas in this easy crockpot soup is fabulous.
  • Slow Cooker Mexican Minestrone
    There's nothing easier than this delicious, Mexican flavored crockpot stew.
  • Tex Mex Cheese Soup
    This easy soup is ready in about 15 minutes! If you'd like a more mild soup, use plain diced canned tomatoes instead of the variety with green chilies added.

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