By Michelle Gage

Published on October 3, 2017

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Fall is a wonderful season, full of pumpkin spice lattes, soft flannels, and hazelnut-scented candles. It’s also the time of year when comfort food is king, and nothing is more desirable on a crisp fall day than some creamy soup. So, what if you could have it waiting for you after work?

The magic of the crockpot is the fact that you can leave it out and running all day. You can do your meal prep in the morning, before you leave for work. When you return home, some delicious soup will be waiting for you. (Just be sure to grab a baguette on your way home.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting than chicken noodle soup? This slow cooker recipe by Damn Delicious is one of the best bets around. Grab some crusty bread and a bowl of this classic comfort food. Then, get ready to snuggle up by the fire.

 
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Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Eat like an Italian tonight. Set up your crockpot station before leaving for work in the morning, and when you return home from a long, hard day (baguette in tow), this soup will be ready and waiting for you. This chicken gnocchi recipe by Pinch of Yum is also a great meal to make when you plan to host some family and friends in the evening.

 
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

Noodles, cheese, and vegetables—oh my! This hearty vegetarian lasagna soup is seriously delicious. Return home to a warm bowl of mushrooms, spinach, and cucumbers, along with traditional lasagna ingredients.

 
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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

This chicken fajita soup by The Recipe Critic takes only 10 minutes to prep, so you’ll have plenty of time to tackle it in the morning. When you return home from work, sprinkle some chips on top, as well as a dollop of sour cream for a special treat.

 
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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

This fall favorite features a wonderful blend of vegetables—the ingredients celery, carrots, onions, chicken, and tortellini make for a magical meal. Double the recipe, and you’ll also have a week’s worth of lunches.

 
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

You only need to set aside five minutes in the morning to make this meal. Chicken, peppers, and white beans combine to create your new crockpot favorite. Garnish with cheese, chips, and sour cream for a delicious twist.

 
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

If you’re a fan of Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup, try this recipe by Well Plated. This slow cooker recipe pairs perfectly with some French bread, but it does take a full eight hours to cook. So, just spend your workday dreaming about the deliciousness you’ll enjoy when you get home.

 
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Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

This easy fall staple will have you sipping tomato soup all autumn long. Go beyond the bread, and enjoy with a hearty grilled cheese—the pairing will instantly bring you back to your childhood.