I often forget that I own a crockpot but I need to start using it more often because they are so practical and great for busy weeks. I am not as drawn to the really meaty crockpot recipes but I especially love using my crockpot for soups. I hope you like this week’s meal plan that features four delicious soup recipes and one crockpot lasagna. Click here for this week’s shopping list. For more crockpot recipe ideas check out my crockpot pinterest board.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours Total Time: 6 hours
Ingredients: carrots, yellow onion, olive oil, garlic, Roma tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves, sugar, cheese tortellini, heavy cream, parmesan.
My kids love tortellini so this soup was a perfect one for them. I used my emulsion blender and added a little extra cream.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 7 hours Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients: chicken breasts, carrots, yellow onion, celery, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth, water, dried thyme, dried rosemary, celery seed, bay leaves, egg noodles, fresh parsley, lemon juice, parmesan.
I have made this soup a couple times before and it is always a big hit. The house smells amazing while it is cooking and it makes great leftovers. It is especially comforting when you are fighting a cold.
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Ingredients: white onion or leeks, butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, celery, garlic, broth, bay leaf, fresh sage, kale.
This soup is really very filling but in a way that makes you feel good and healthy after you eat it. I love the variety of all the vegetables in it and this soup also makes great leftovers.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 hours Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients: italian tomato sauce, thick lasagna noodles, ricotta or cottage cheese, chopped vegetables (kale, butternut squash, spinach), mozzarella or provolone, parmesan cheese, parsley.
I was skeptical of making lasagna in a crockpot but was pleasantly surprised by the results. I cooked mine a little two long so the edges got slightly burnt but besides that everything turned out wonderfully. I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese, mozzarella instead of provolone, and thinly sliced butternut squash and spinach instead of kale. I will definitely be making this recipe again in the future… so simple.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Ingredients: ground turkey, shallot, garlic, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, baked beans, quinoa, sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, red chili pepper flakes. Optional toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, green onion.
My friend Kirsten made this recipe for a church gathering this week and it was really good. I love that it is loaded with quinoa and it tastes great with cheese, avocado and green onion as toppings.