By Vicky McDonald

During the flurry of the winter holidays, it can hard to get everything done. A hearty slow cooker soup packed with meat, veggies, grains and beans is the just the meal to keep you going. These tried and tested slow cooker soups take less than 30 minutes prep, which gives you more time to get your holiday plans together. When you're ready to sit down at the end of the day, your slow cooker soup will be bubbling hot and ready to eat.

Sausage Barley Soup

Rave Review: "Absolutely wonderful winter soup. I used hot Italian sausage and it was even better to eat the next day." -- Deborah Norris

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Hamburger Soup II

Rave Review: "This recipe is great and very practical too. Tasty, quick to put together, we enjoyed this crockpot meal! I served with soft yeast rolls, delish!"-- Janet Shum

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Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup

Rave Review: "Love this recipe. I did add a dollop of sour cream when I sprinkled on the cheese and green onions. Perfection! And even better the next day!" -- happilyahomemaker

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Hobo Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup

Rave Review: "I made this, and pretty much followed the recipe. I added a couple dashes of soy sauce, and then sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top -- yummy." -- Kalyn

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

Rave Review: "I added just a touch of poultry seasoning at the end to round out the flavor. My husband really loved this, and in the crockpot it was pretty effortless to make. Definitely will use this recipe again and again." -- FREDRICA2

Slow-Cooker Fish Chowder

Rave Review: "Fantastic flavor and is now a family favorite. I added a tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning the second time I made the dish and it really kicked the flavour up a notch with a little extra heat as well. Great addition if you like foods on the spicy side." -- Kevin

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham

Rave Review: "Mmmmm, this soup is so simple and satisfying. I originally tried this recipe to get rid of left-over ham, but now I am making it all the time! It is so healthy, extremely inexpensive to make, and the leftovers are very good." -- Colleen

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns

Rave Review: "Wow... Never thought of adding hash browns, bacon or red pepper to pea soup, but what a GREAT flavor is added to the soup. Will make again!" -- jernstatc

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Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Rave Review: "This was the easiest meal I've ever made! I cut up the chuck along with all the veggies, threw them in the crockpot, and cooked for 12 hours. I added the barley the last hour of cooking. YumYum! Must serve with cornbread! " -- CJ121099

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Busy Day Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Rave Review: "I've made this soup for several years, but I add a can of beer. Really adds a great flavor!" -- DawnG

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Best Italian Sausage Soup

Rave Review: "Serve with bread and it is a one pot dinner! Very hearty, yummy soup."-- DANISMOM

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