Meatless Slow-Cooker Soup Recipes That Are Hearty And Delicious

We promise, the meat won't be missed.

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Photo: Jennifer Causey

When we need something that will soothe our soul, we always pull out our slow cooker. Sometimes we want a hearty, meat-focused dish, but there are other times where we want something that satisfies with vegetables at the core. And that’s where veggie-based soups are superior. Whether you need a dish for a Meatless Monday or for your favorite vegetarian family member, we’ve got you covered. From a rich lentil soup to an inviting loaded potato soup, there is something on this list to delight even the pickiest of eaters and the most ravenous of carnivores. They'll be even more surprised if you tell them it’s a low-maintenance dish that takes very little time. Sometimes, on these cold winter days or rainy nights, it’s best to just sit back, pick up your favorite book, and let your slow cooker do all the work.

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Slow Cooker Veggie Chili

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Saute your onions in the skillet before you put them into the slow cooker to ensure that your soup has a rich body of flavor that will make you forget this recipe is totally meatless. Like most soups, this hearty chili just gets better with time. Any leftovers can be frozen for up to two months.

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Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Everyone loves a loaded baked potato, and this soup surely won't disappoint. You don't have to top this dish with bacon, but we'd highly suggest considering it for that finishing touch.

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Slow-Cooker Green Minestrone

Slow-Cooker Green Minestrone
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

This minestrone is mighty rich in flavor, thanks in part to the rich greens like scallions, sugar snap peas, and spinach. It's like sipping on spring.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

This soup uses two of our favorite kitchen tools to create the most delicious corn chowder: the slow cooker and the immersion blender. To make this a totally vegetarian dish, simply switch out the chicken stock for vegetable and scrap the bacon.

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Slow-Cooker Cheddar Soup

Slow-Cooker Cheddar Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

There is something about a cheddar soup that is just always delicious, and putting it in a bread bowl makes it even better. If you have soup leftovers, you can use it as a base for the next day's macaroni and cheese.

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup Image
Southern Living

A veggie-packed recipe that hits every level of spice just right. Serve with avocado and some tortilla strips for a satisfying experience.

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Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Tomato Soup

Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Tomato Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

If you are looking for something to bring the heat on a cold winter night, this tasty soup is a dream come true. With all the good-for-you ingredients that would please any veggie-obsessed parent, this soup has fans of all ages. Test Kitchen note: To make this a truly smooth and satisfying dish, we suggest using a blender for preparing.

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Creamy Turnip Soup

Creamy Turnip Stew
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Yes, there is such thing as the perfect winter soup. To turn this recipe into a meatless wonder, swap the chicken stock for vegetable and simply enjoy!

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Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

With just the right amount of bubbly cheese and two pounds of onions, this soup can do no wrong. A great option for serving for weeknight Supper Club or a weekend brunch.

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Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Jennifer Causey

This soup is essentially our love letter to lentils. Since lentils don't require soaking, this recipe is even easier to pull together any night of the week.

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