What could be better than a hot, delicious meal that takes almost zero effort to make? Cooking in a crockpot is the best. All you have to do is toss some ingredients in the pot before you head out to start your day, and by the time you come home from work or school, dinner is ready.

If you need some ideas for easy, hearty, delicious soups, here are 15 of the most popular crockpot soup recipes out there. Not only do these recipes take just minutes to prep, but they result in a tasty, filling, and budget-friendly dinner for the whole family.

1. Chicken Tortellini Soup

chicken tortellini soup

It's common knowledge that cheese makes everything better, and this recipe from Delish proves that point. Chicken noodle soup is always a crowd-pleaser, but you can take it to the next level by adding some cheese tortellini.

In addition to the tortellini, you'll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, carrots, celery, thyme, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and some chicken broth. Six hours later, you'll have the perfect dinner.

2. Loaded Potato Soup

potato soup

We've talked about this recipe before, but it is worth mentioning again because it is delicious and extremely popular. Loaded potato soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this dish is full of wholesome ingredients that will leave you full and happy.

This is a versatile recipe that can accommodate your potato preference -- chunky or smooth. And you can alter the taste with different herbs, spices, and broths.

3. French Onion Soup

French onion soup

Yes, you can make French onion soup in your crockpot. When it is done, add some bread slices and cheese and broil until it is golden brown. This recipe from Damn Delicious takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, but you will need to let it cook for about 10 hours before putting it in oven-safe bowls and adding the bread and cheese to broil.

4. Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

green chili chicken enchilada soup

If you love green chilis, then you need to try this delicious green chili chicken enchilada soup recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron. Everyone in your family will love this creamy soup, but remember that the toppings are extremely important. Sour cream, pepper jack cheese, a squeeze of lime, and some cilantro are a must if you want this to be the best soup ever.

5. Chicken Parmesan Soup

chicken parmesan soup

If you are in the mood for a home-cooked Italian dinner but don't have time to cook, try this chicken Parmesan soup recipe from Foxes Love Lemons or this one from Baked By Rachel. These soups are a lot easier on the waistline than a traditional chicken Parmesan meal. And, since the soups simmer all day, the ingredients will have the chance to release their flavors.

6. Shrimp And Crab Bisque

shrimp and crab bisque

We couldn't not include a seafood option, and you will not find anything better than this shrimp and crab bisque from Yes To Yolks. Top off this soup with a spoonful of crab salad and some baguette toasts for a tangy twist.

7. Butternut Cauliflower Soup

butternut cauliflower soup

In just five minutes, you can create an amazing soup that you can customize for any diet -- gluten-free, vegan, or keto -- thanks to this butternut cauliflower soup recipe from Peas And Crayons. You could add any number of toppings -- try crumbled bacon, gouda cheese, sour cream and cheddar, or some chopped green onions.

Just make sure you follow the crockpot instructions instead of the pressure-cooker instructions.

8. Taco Soup

taco soup

Crockpot soup is the easiest way to get the flavors you want from your favorite dishes without all of the hassle of making a dinner from scratch. So, the next time you feel like having tacos, try this taco soup recipe from The Movement Menu.

Not only does this soup have the incredible flavor of tacos, but it is also healthy and nutritious. It is a paleo recipe, and you can decide how spicy it turns out. All you have to do is adjust the amount of cayenne pepper you add. And, the best part is that you probably already have most (or all) of the ingredients you need in your kitchen.

You can cook this soup on the stovetop, but it will be even better if you throw the ingredients into a crockpot and let it cook slowly. Just remember to cook the beef in a skillet first.

9. Tortellini Spinach And Mushroom Soup

spinach tortellini soup

This vegetarian soup option comes from Holly at 3 Yummy Tummies. It will fill your house with amazing aromas while it cooks, and then it will fill your tummy with delicious veggies, seasonings, and broth. You'll need to sauté the onion, garlic, and spinach before tossing them into the crockpot.

10. Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheese soup

If you are craving a rich and creamy soup, this broccoli cheese soup recipe from Creme De La Crumb has unbeatable richness and flavor thanks to the cream cheese. With just a few ingredients and 15 minutes of prep, you'll have the perfect winter treat.

11. Chicken Pot Pie Soup

chicken pot pie soup

Tiffany at Creme De La Crumb is full of fabulous crockpot ideas, so we had to mention just one more soup recipe from her blog. This chicken pot pie soup is a fun twist on a classic dish, plus it is super creamy and loaded with veggies and chicken.

It takes just 15 minutes to prepare; then it will need to cook for six hours. Right before it's ready, pop a can of biscuits into the oven to serve with this flavorful bowl of goodness.

12. Lasagna Soup

lasagna soup

Another soup that you can make instead of a big Italian dinner is this lasagna soup recipe from Spend With Pennies. The slow cooker will do most of the work, but you will need to cook your beef, garlic, and onion before adding them to the crockpot. This hearty dish makes the perfect weeknight meal.

13. Creamy Pumpkin Soup

creamy pumpkin soup

Pumpkin season may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this easy recipe from Cafe Johnsonia -- especially if you still have some leftover pumpkin purée from all of your fall baking and cooking.

In addition to the pumpkin purée, you'll need coconut milk, vegetable stock, carrots, onions, and a few seasonings. After 15 minutes of prep and four hours of cook time, you'll be able to enjoy this savory dish.

14. Ham And Bean Soup

ham and bean soup

Remember this recipe after cooking that ham during the holidays. Save your ham bone and freeze it until you are ready for an amazing bowl of ham and bean soup. This recipe from Jelly Toast starts with a bag of dried beans that you'll need to rinse and soak overnight. Then, after adding some chicken broth, garlic, onion, and some seasonings -- plus that ham bone -- you will have a soup so delicious that you will want to have it every night.

15. Chili

crockpot chili

After trying this crockpot chili, you will immediately realize that you will never need another chili recipe again. The perfect dinner for a cold night, this recipe from Delish features beef, kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, beer, and a variety of spices. The best part is that you top it off with shredded cheese and Fritos.

If you want more flavor, you can cook the beef and onions first before throwing them into the slow cooker.

We challenge you to make as many of these soups as you can this winter instead of ordering pizza, going out into the cold to grab takeout, or spending hours cooking. Your tummy and your budget will thank you.

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