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Weekend Roundup: Savoring Soup and Daylight

Slow Cooker Bacon Corn Chowder
Before you ride off to take advantage of the waning November daylight, give your slow cooker the reins to dinner. Come home after dark to warm, savory soup. MORE+ LESS-
By Brita Nelson

Call me lazy, but I adore slow cooker recipes. They get me points for making dinner, even though I don’t feel like I’m doing much work. I can absolutely see eating a slow-cooked meal every night like this blogger did. In fact, I just might try it. 

My affinity stems mainly from the fact that I savor sunlight. Living in Minnesota means the weather is constantly changing, and I have to soak up all the rays I can before it’s too cold and dark to go outside. 

The end of daylight saving time November 3 means I want less time in the kitchen to take advantage of the waning sun. So I’m putting my slow cooker in charge of dinner and heading outside for a few last rays. What I want when I return home after dark is soup, which sounds majorly time-consuming. But slow cooker soup? That grabs my attention. It’s ideal for cold weather and makes great lunchbox leftovers. This weekend I’ll be revving up my slow cooker so it can cook while I relax during our remaining sunny days. 


My favorite slow-cooked soup recipe has to be this Slow Cooker Bacon Corn Chowder. It’s hearty and just filling enough that you don’t need much for sides other than bread. And it has a variety of veggies hidden in its savory depths – that’s good enough for me. Plus, bacon makes it an instant add to the must-make list.

Slow Cooker Bacon Corn Chowder


Before I began actually cooking meals for myself, I ate an unreasonable amount of frozen tortellini and ravioli. We’re talking every night, for weeks. (They’re just so good.) So it almost goes without saying that I’d be fanatic for this Creamy Tortellini Soup. This is going to be one of those meals that I hide in the fridge so no one else can have it for lunch. When it comes to tortellini soup, I get selfish.

Creamy Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup


As a person who’s making (somewhat) serious plans to bring soup for lunch for the rest of my life, or at least until daylight saving time starts again, I’m beginning to see the necessity of this Soup 2 Go container from Cool Gear. It comes with a folding spoon that fits into the lid and a microwavable insulated bowl. They’ve thought of everything I could need for my soup-obsessed winter.

Soup containers

Do you have favorite slow cooker soup recipes? Share them with me before it gets too dark.