Slow Cooker Summer Vegetable Soup
Make a delicious soup that screams summer with this Summer Vegetable Soup!
Note this post was originally posted a few years ago and it’s perfect this time of year so I’m sharing it again.
Have I mentioned lately what a handful my daughter has become? Let me let you all in on some of the things she’s done lately. First, I found her sitting in front of the fridge with an open carton of whipped cream, eating it with two spoons because one was clearly not enough. Then, the following day she was in the same spot with a carton of sour cream, of course, this time she skipped the spoons and opted for her hands. That led me to a new found love…fridge locks.
Now, both my fridge and pantry have locks that we are to be using at ALL times. That was until my sweet husband made the kids breakfast and forgot to lock the pantry. The house got quiet and I peeked around to the pantry where my daughter had dumped my entire canister of coffee grounds on the floor and decided to swim in them. Yes…swim. Her feet and every inch of her.
It gets better though, that evening I decided to paint her toe nails. Then, she hopped off my lap and started hiding behind my curtains. I thought she was just being cute and funny, so I left her alone. At some point during her little run behind the curtains, she had swiped the nail polish off the table.
Then, it hit me…the overpowering smell of nail polish. I pulled back the curtain to her saying, “Cora prrrrrrrretty.” She was covered, her face, the new doors that we just had installed, the floor, her legs, finger nails, toe nails and basically everything in between…COVERED! It took nearly half a bottle of remover to get it all off her and the floors.
My goodness, once I write all that out, I’m starting to wonder how we are still standing. This was all within 2 days too! Plus I’m usually right there within a few feet of her when she somehow does all this. She’s a sneaky one that’s for sure.
Now, how does this lead me on to food? Well, my time in the kitchen has been EXTREMELY limited, at least until she’s back into preschool or my husband is home. That means our only source of survival for dinner is…the slow cooker.
Whoever invented the slow cooker needs a big gold star…I’m sure they already have billions but add a star with it.
This soup can easily be prepped the night before, after the kids go to bed, then all you do is remember to put it on in the morning and you are all set for dinner! I added fresh corn, peppers, onions, potatoes, and rosemary to ours for even more added flavor. I also used chicken broth. The broth was perfect to give it a burst of flavor as opposed to simply using water. If you want this more creamy like a chowder, then add in about 1/2 cup of cream right at the end of the cooking time or before serving along with additional butter. I decided to skip the tomatoes on this one because I really wanted a broth soup that was not based with tomatoes. Typically our traditional vegetable soup is always made with a tomato base. This was a nice light change.
Slow Cooker Summer Vegetable Soup
- 3 Cups Sweet Corn
- 1/2 Cup Sweet Onion, Diced
- 1 Lb Red Potatoes, Diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
- 1 Clove Garlic, Crushed
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp Rosemary
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 6 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1/2 Cup Crumbled Bacon
- Combine all ingredients except bacon in a 6 quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. At the end of cook time stir in cooked and crumbled bacon along with cream if you prefer to use it.
- Serve with your choice of bread, crackers, or bagel chips.
Note: If you want this to be creamy, add in 1/2 cup of cream and another tablespoon of butter at the end of the cook time.
Now, I can keep all eyes on my daughter and enjoy dinner too. That’s a win and that means mom deserves a gold star too! Are you ready for dinner tonight?