Slow-Cooker Comfort Soup Recipe for Cold Season

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During cold and flu season, try this soothing ‘comfort soup’ to comfort the body and soul when germs attack. The flavors are surprisingly reminiscent of what granny used to bring on your ‘home from school’ sick days– but without chicken bits to yuck-the-yum!

This slow cooker method needs minimal chef participation, a crucial factor for under-the-weather cooks.

Hopefully you’ll come through cold and flu season unscathed, but put this recipe in your medicine cabinet just in case!

Slow-Cooker Comfort Soup Recipe for Cold Season

Recipe by Becky Striepe
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Course: SoupsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
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A warm, comforting soup that will have you trading in your traditional ‘brothy’ noodle soup for a new cold season favorite.

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  • 7 cups unchicken broth (‘Better than Bouillion No-Chicken Base‘ works beautifully, or use 7 cups vegetable broth plus 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning)

  • ½ cup red lentils

  • ½ uncooked brown rice

  • ½ medium sweet yellow or white onion, chopped

  • 2 (12oz) bags frozen Italian-style veggies (or any kind of frozen mixed veg you like)

  • 6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon


  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, except frozen mixed veggies and lemon juice. Turn crock pot to high heat, and go take a nap for about 4 hours (until rice is very done).
  • Steam/microwave frozen veggies according to package directions. Chop into bite-sized pieces, if needed. Add to slow cooker.
  • When you’re ready to eat, add lemon juice a little at a time until it’s just the right amount of yum. Adjust pepper and hot sauce, if needed.
  • Enjoy a steaming bowl of soup while watching old Steve Martin or Monty Python movies; repeat as needed, until symptoms resolve.
  • Serve these soups with crusty garlic toast, if desired. Mmmmmmm: comfort guaranteed!


  • Find the quick stove-top version of this recipe here.

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Disclaimer: these recipes are submitted for personal study, exploration, and deliciousness only; not intended as a substitute for medical consultation, advice, or treatment; the FDA has not approved therapeutic use of these soups for treating cold or flu; author is not responsible for soup addiction resulting from experimentation with these recipes.

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