You can also put all the ingredients in the slow cooker on Low for 5-7 hours. If you choose this option, double or triple the recipe so you have leftovers.
If the soup is too thin, take out 1 cup and blend with an immersion blender and add back to the soup until you get the desired consistency.
You can add spicy chicken sausage as well if you want to give it a ‘kick’! Cook the sausage first, drain and add at the same time as you add the stock, etc.