Creamy and rich tomato basil and cheesy parmesan soup made in the crockpot! Comfort food at its best!
It’s officially soup season. At least, according to my mother it’s officially soup season. About three weeks ago she hosted a soup party. I brought two kinds, she made three kinds, and we all gorged ourselves on soup galore one rainy Sunday evening. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it, because oh did I ever. I love me some soup. Particularly when it is creamy, rich, and cheesy.
Growing up I was never a tomato soup fan, and to this day I don’t like it straight out of the can. But creamy tomato-basil soup, that I can do. And by “do” I mean that I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack for days on end. Rain or shine. Summer, winter, fall, I’m impartial. My husband prefers that I wait until it’s actually cold outside to serve soup for dinner, and it takes all of my self control to put it off until September. In Utah, September weather is a gamble. (Actually every day’s weather is a gamble in Utah but let’s not get into that…) It may or may not be chilly in September but I can always count on the leaves changing color during this month and that’s when I start whipping up cozy soups.
This has to be in the top three or four best soup recipes I’ve ever made. Scratch that. The top two soup recipes I’ve ever tasted! It’s so good I just want to plunge my entire face into a giant bowl of it this instant. But alas, I shall refrain from such behavior. Instead I’ll just devote all of my soup-face-plunging energy to convincing you to make it yourself. It is E to the Z I tell ya. Just throw a few simple ingredients into the crockpot, set it, forget it, then remember it, and come back to finish it off in the last 30 minutes or so before you’re planning to serve it up. And if you really wanna get fancy, serve some crusty bread alongside this tomato basil parmesan soup for dipping and dunking – the kids will thank you later.
Okay you caught me, we don’t have kids . . . I’m the one who does all of the bread-dunking around here. C’mon you are too.
- 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1 10-ounce can tomato sauce
- ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup heavy cream OR half & half
- Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and next 7 ingredients (through broth) to a slow cooker/crockpot. Cover and cook for 2 hours on high or 4-8 hours on low. (If you are home, give it a stir every now and then and scrape down the sides)
- About 30-40 minutes before serving transfer soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, then return to crock pot.
- Prepare the roux. Begin by melting the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add flour to melted butter and stir until flour clumps up. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream (or half & half) until mixture is thickened and smooth. Add roux and parmesan cheese to crockpot and stir to combine.
- Allow to cook another 20-30 minutes until cheese is completely melted. Give it a good stir before serving. Top with additional basil and parmesan cheese if desired.