6 crockpot soup recipes that’ll keep your entire family warm all winter long

You can prep in 15 minutes or less—bookmark this one, mama.

crockpot soup recipes for your entire family

I'm going to be brutally honest here: I become a lazy chef during the colder months. Because I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, I opt for quick, easy meals that take minimal effort. If it requires more than 30 minutes or has more than five steps, I don't want any part of it. Now I haven't forgotten my spend-all-day-in-the-kitchen-for-an-amazing-meal days of yore. But, that mama is taking a bit of a well-deserved siesta this season.

I kept my feelings in mind when curating this list for mamas of the same heart. It's safe to say that you can trust that the following six recipes—my all-time favorite soups for everyone in your family—are delicious and simple.

Here are the best slow cooker soups that you can prep in 15 minutes or less:

1. Classic slow cooker corn chowder

Classic slow cooker corn chowder

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 (14.75 oz) cans cream-style corn
  • 2 (10.75 oz) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Stir milk, cream-style corn, cream of mushroom soup, chopped green chiles, frozen corn, hash brown potatoes, ham, onion, butter, hot sauce, parsley and chili powder in a slow cooker.
  2. Season with salt and black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low and for 6 hours.
Recipe from AllRecipes.

2. Southwest black bean chicken soup

Southwest black bean chicken soup

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 pound cooked dark meat chicken
  • 3 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, or to taste


1. Place chicken, black beans, chicken broth, tomatoes with green chile peppers, corn, onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper in a slow cooker.

2. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with about 1 tablespoon sour cream on each serving.

Recipe from AllRecipes.

3. Slow cooker butternut squash soup

Slow cooker butternut squash soup

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4-5 hours


  • 2 1/4 pounds butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 granny smith apples, diced
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • parsley for garnish


  1. Spray a 7- or 8-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients except heavy cream into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low heat setting 7-8 hours or high heat setting 4-5 hours.
  4. Add to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with extra heavy cream and herbs.
Recipe from HelloFresh.

4. Italian sausage pizza soup

Italian sausage pizza soup

Serves: 12

Time to cook: 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 package (1 pound) Italian turkey sausage links
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium sweet red or yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) beef broth
  • 1 package (5 oz) Caesar salad croutons
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Remove casings from sausage. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink. Add onion and peppers; cook until crisp-tender. Drain and transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Add next five ingredients; pour in broth. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours. Serve with croutons and cheese.

Recipe from TasteofHome.

5. Pesto bean soup

Pesto bean soup

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 carton (32 oz) reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 3 cans (15 to 15-1/2 oz each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in 1/2 cup pesto. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, 4-6 hours.
  2. Before serving, stir in reserved pesto and cheese. If desired, serve with additional cheese and pesto.
Recipe from TasteofHome.

6. Buffalo chicken wing soup

Buffalo chicken wing soup

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 5 cups 2% milk
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 pound)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • Sliced celery, optional


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, mix all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until heated through and flavors are blended 4-5 hours.
  2. If desired, top servings with celery and additional hot sauce.

Recipe from TasteofHome.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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