Souptacular Crockpotalooza


Well, last year’s Souptacular was so nice that we’re gonna share recipes twice. And this year I added the Crockpotalooza part because 1) several of you suggested it and 2) I am wild about crockpot recipes.

Because, I mean, why do I want to take the time to, like, STIR THINGS when I could be sitting on my couch watching “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and eating Cheez-Its while the crockpot does all the work in the kitchen?

Oh, I kid.

And the fact of the matter is that my favorite snack option right now isn’t even Cheez-Its (I KNOW!) – it’s Fire Roasted Tomato Triscuits with The Laughing Cow swiss cheese, but that is another (controversial, no doubt) discussion for another day.

Anyway, I’m always on the lookout for good crockpot recipes, and this seemed like as good a time as any to round ’em up. Might as well hit the soup and crockpot birds with one proverbial bloggy stone.

So with all that being said, here are my contributions to this little fall festival-o-food.

Creole Onion Soup
from Louisiana Real & Rustic by Emeril Lagasse

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
6 cups thinly sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 bay leaves (I leave out the bay leaves)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 quarts chicken broth
2 cups cubed French bread, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cups grated white medium-sharp cheddar
1/2 cup yellow medium-sharp cheddar
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the vegetable oil and flour. Stirring slowly and constantly for about 10 minutes, make a blond roux, the color of sandpaper.

Add the onions, salt, cayenne, bay leaves, thyme, oregano and basil. Stirring often, cook for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are golden. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the broth and stir to blend well into the roux mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring, for about 1 hour. Remove bay leaves.

In a bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil and your favorite seasonings (I use garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and a little salt).

When ready to serve, add the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, to the soup, stirring to blend until completely melted.

Serve in bowls and top with croutons.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time convincing my husband that soup is in fact a meal, but this next soup is a little more hearty (see: THREE kinds of meat).

Creamy Vegetable Beef Soup
from Something to Talk About by The Junior League of Lafayette, Louisiana

1 pound stew beef, cubed
3 slices bacon
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
4 carrots, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup water
2 or 3 potatoes, cubed
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can green beans
1 15-ounce can yellow corn
1 11-ounce can white corn
1 15-ounce can peas
salt, pepper, and other favorite seasonings to taste
8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed

Brown the stew beef and bacon in a skillet. Add the ground beef and cook until crumbly; drain. Stire in the onion, garlic, carrots and water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Stir in the undrained canned vegetables. Simmer for 1 hour. Add the salt, pepper and seasonings to taste. Add the Velveeta. Cook until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Serves 6 to 8.

If you’d like to share your own soup and/or crockpot recipes with the interweb, just sign the Mr. Linky below. Make sure that you link to your SPECIFIC POST – not to your general blog URL.

Have fun, everybody – and thanks for playing!

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  1. i have the same problem with my husband!

    you should see him when i try to pull a main entree salad over on him.

    the kids’ snacks go missing later that night and i’m baffled the next day when i can’t find the goldfish.

  2. since you’ve now mentioned the real housewives of atlanta more than once on your blog i’m going to attempt to watch it. cuz i trust you.

  3. Thanks for the great recipes! We’re cold here in the ATL.

  4. Thanks for getting all these recipes together! This is fun. And, is it okay to admit I watch Housewives of ATL too? Having lived there for two years I’m somehow not seeing any correlation between our lifestyles though. :) Have a great day!

  5. How fun! I love soup. Love it. So count me in. :-)

  6. One of my favorite things about colder weather is it gives me an excuse to make soups more often; somehow when it’s 102 degrees outside, “hot, steaming broth” seems WRONG!

    These sound delicious, and sadly, it’s been so long since I’ve used my crockpot, I’ll have to hunt it down. But then? I’ll have a whole host of goodness waiting on me.

    Thanks for hosting…this is gonna be some kind of delishocity :).

  7. Thanks for hosting this, Sophie. I got so many great recipes last year and can’t wait to try some new ones!

  8. Thanks for hosting, BooMama! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

  9. Thanks. I left a recipe for French Market Soup – our family’s favorite thing to eat while decorating our Christmas tree!

  10. I had no idea there was a ‘real housewives in atlanta’. I’m missing out – I think :)

  11. How fun! I had to post an old recipe, and also today’s chili! I can hear the crashing crockpots down “in the pit”…and those cute little mini fondue crockpots are “crowd surfing”! That’s the image that came to mind when I read about this “crockpotalooza”!

  12. Thanks B-Mama! Now I may be pulled from the rut of cooking that I’ve been in.

  13. So much fun! I am going to dig around for my best soup recipe.

    I can one up you on your Triscuit snack (if you like spicy food). The Cracked Pepper Triscuit, topped with one jalapeno, then a slice of cheese (I prefer sharp cheddar). Microwave 30 seconds (or until cheese is melted) and enjoy.

    I cannot even look at the box of Triscuits without immediately making this snack! So good!

  14. Thanks so much! I love to share and get new recipes and soup is one of my favorites!! What a fun idea! Have a great time trying out all these great recipes!!

  15. I love a good crockpot recipe. I think a crockpot should be a requirement for you to get married.

  16. These kinds of posts are my favorite. I have received so many great recipes through your site! Thanks for doing this again!

  17. Thanks for all of the great recipes and the links to look at all the sites too.

  18. Hey BooMama,

    Where do you get all your cool buttons made? Like the image for the souptacular?

  19. Woo hoo!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate Thursday–with soup and schtuff.

  20. Bless YOU! There’s snow up here in my part of Canada and I can’t wait to fire up the crockpot!

  21. I will spend all day reading recipes!

    So excited!

  22. You know, you had me with that beef stew right up until the Velveeta. I can’t get past the strange orange glow of Velveeta to really appreciate it’s culinary value. I wonder if cream cheese would work about the same?

  23. Yum. Can’t wait to try SEVERAL of these soups!
    Thanks for hosting this!!

  24. Thanks for doing this again. I got so many great recipes and ideas last year. And it’s cold enough now to really crave a good bowl of soup!

  25. Yummy Recipes! Thanks!

  26. Thanks BooMama for all the great recipes!

  27. Oh, the crock pots will be a-rockin’ all over bloggyland tonight!

  28. Ooops…I forgot to link directly to my post! What should I do???

  29. Thanks for doing this BooMama – I love to use the crockpot, and have just recently been desperate for new recipes. Thank you!

  30. Thanks for hosting this awesome event! I can’t wait to read all of the recipes and add them to my collection!


  31. Mmmm…BooMama, your recipes look so good!! I can’t wait to peruse through all of these other links, too. Thanks for hosting this:)

  32. OH, I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! They look soooo good.

  33. Yes, I refer to my crock pot as my ‘maid.’ Fitting, isn’t it?

  34. Fun times with soup and crocks! Now let’s all join me in prayer that it will get cool enough in southern California to really enjoy hot soup! :0)

  35. I hope it’s o.k. that I linked to an old post. I’ll put your button on today’s post. Still getting the hang of how to do all this! :)

  36. Well it just so happens soup day was at our house this past weekend! So I’ve linked to my post from the weekend for a Mexican Chicken Tomato Soup … ummmm ummm good!

  37. Oh, how I love soup!

  38. That onion soup looks DIVINE! Every Emeril recipe I’ve ever tried, I’ve loved. Thanks for sharing.

    And, thank you for setting up all the links! I’ll have fun browsing through!

  39. This is so much fun! Thanks for doing this. I love veg/ beef soup, I will be trying this recipe!

  40. Last year’s Potato Soup ala Boomama i still my “go-to” recipe.

  41. Mt Chris is going to thank you for the Creole Onion soup! Like D, he doesn’t like soup unless it is really hearty with lots of meat–only exception is French onion soup. So here is a vriation, I know he will like–with a bite to it, so it’s all the better.

    Thanks for hosting this, Sophie! Have a wonderful Thursday, friend.

  42. This is fun! I can’t wait to try some of these! I am so NOT a cook….that i envy ladies who can seemingly wiggle their nose and create wonderful dishes. some of these actually look doable for me!

  43. Oh, Boo Mama, how I adore thee! I even wrote on my blog how much I love your blog.

    A blog with crock pot recipes? THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER! : )

  44. This is the best festival ever! I love soup recipes – and adding crockpot recipes too? Fabulous!

  45. mines not soup, but it is good!!! and it is a crock pot recipe!! thanks!! hugs and prayers…

  46. That onion soup recipe looks so yummy! Since temps have dipped, soup is on my mind all the time. Thanks for hosting!

  47. I’m going to make every single one of these recipes!

  48. I linked to my SIL’s chili recipe but it is at the bottom of the post so, you have to dig:-)

  49. Thanks BooMama! And I love the Louisiana links.:) That worked out perfectly, because I nearly turned to some New Orleans favorites but Lord knows you had that covered.

    So I’m glad I had Oyster Stew on my mind. :)

    Now we’ve really got variety! Thanks this is so great!

  50. Both of those recipes sound yummy, and my hubby and I will love them I’m sure. He loves soups and stews, and the meatier the better.

    I did take note that cheese figures largely in both these recipes. Who’d a-thunk it that BooMama would cook with cheese? LOL ;o)



  51. Oh, and I left the links for my Portuguese bean soup and for my Crockpot Chicken & Dressing.

  52. I’m so excited! Last year I would have loved to be in your Christmas walk, but I wasn’t saavy enough to know how to join. So, now I’m doing this and I’ll be able to join in at Christmas!

  53. Good grief. This is enough food to feed my family out of the crockpot for the next year. THANKS! :) And, I have nothing to submit either.

  54. I love soup. I’m so excited to check out all this yummy recipes. I’m thinking it better start acting like Fall again. It’s going to be 70 tomorrow for Trick or Treaters. This is NE people get real!!

  55. I’ve been so hungry all day reading recipes! Thank you kindly for hosting the souptacular crockpotalooza. (Is this a word from the BooMama dictionary? I love it!)

  56. Thanks for hosting this spectacular event. I can’t wait to try out these recipes! :)

  57. I so wish I had my own blog to post things on. I’m just not that tech savvy. It took me fooooreeeever to just get myself a google page to post a picture with my name! (and yet, I’m able to teach people how to walk again after a brain injury or a stroke… go figure.)
    I guess I’m confined for now to the oribtal bliss of just reading and commenting here and there. I do enjoy that much! and it’s so much better reading than or spending $ on ebay!

    (I have some great crock pot recipes to post if I weren’t just in bloggy orbit!)
    Oh well….

  58. why can I never do ANYTHING right? I did not type the title of my recipe!! DRAT!!

  59. Love the crockpot!!!

    My link is #129. This recipe is actually cooked INSIDE a pumpkin for all you Martha Stewarts out there.


    …throw that junk in the crockpot and make it happen paper plate and plastic silverware style!

    Love your blog!!!

    .mac :-)

  60. Great recipe carnival and many wonderful recipes! Thank you!!!!!!

  61. Ack! I posted my recipe Weds. night then forgot to come back here and link up. Oh well, better late to the Mr Linky than never!

  62. Gah!! Now I’m not only late but I’ve double-linkied (is that a word?). I’m numbers 133 and 134… please feel free to delete 133. ::hangs head in shame::

  63. Thanks Boomama! That was fun!