I’ve always been a fan of slow cooker recipes but I rely on them even more when life gets busy. I’m also drawn to the simplest of crock pot recipes – those with only a few ingredients and an amazing taste. My 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Mexican Chicken is one of my favorites for this very reason.
Now, I have a new and easy crock pot recipe to share with you. This time, it’s a recipe for 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Potato Soup. Because, let’s face it. 5 ingredients are quite manageable for busy Moms, basic cooks or anyone looking for a delicious slow cooker potato soup recipe.
I’ve tried a couple different recipes that I discovered on Pinterest but combined and simplified recipes until I came up with this one. Here is my recipe for 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Potato Soup. It is so delicious!
1 bag (30 ounces) frozen diced hash browns
1 can (14 ounces) cream of chicken soup
2 cans (14 ounces) chicken broth
1/2 cup diced onion
1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top with cheddar cheese and bacon, if so desired.
You can substitute a bag of frozen diced Potatoes O’Brien for the hashed browns. Since these already contain diced onions and green peppers, you don’t have to add any more diced onion (taking your ingredient count down to 4). The green pepper adds a nice flavor as well.
A lot of recipes suggest waiting until the end to add the cream cheese. I honestly don’t know why! It’s one more thing to remember when life is already busy. I add my cream cheese at the beginning with all my other ingredients and haven’t had an issue yet. It is important to note that you can used reduced fat or regular cream cheese in this recipe, but steer clear of fat free cream cheese. It won’t melt very well in your crock pot.
Also, if you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can make this soup with chicken bouillon cubes. I added the 28 ounces of water and 3 chicken bouillon cubes to my crock pot. It’s exactly why I keep chicken bouillon cubes on hand for substituting in a pinch, just like this!
What’s your favorite and simplest slow cooker recipe?