Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup with Tortellini
Warm, comforting, and hearty — all words that describe this simple and easy to make slow cooker tomato basil soup. It’s going to be a huge crowd pleaser!
Apparently I’m on a HUGE soup kick lately. Can you blame me though? My daughter stayed home from school yesterday with a little cold and it rained ALL day. Literally ALL DAY WITHOUT STOPPING. Ick. If that doesn’t call for soup, I don’t know what does.
We still had a great day though. My little six-year-old type A daughter came to me with a clipboard and a pen and requested I make a list of the all the things we were going to do that day so she could check them off as we progressed through our day. I made the list, and she took it one step further and added a box after each item so she could check them off as we completed each task.
We stayed in our pajamas, did puzzles, read books, ate lots of snacks, made muffins, made pumpkin cutout cookies, did homework, and just had a relaxed, fun day. Check, check, check and check. She’s back to school today and I’m trying to get back into my routine.
Maybe I should make a list.
- Think of recipes other than soup.
- Eat some soup.
I think I can handle that today.
Oh, gosh, but look at that slow cooker tomato basil soup! So warm and cozy. Let’s just eat soup all winter long. On Wednesday, I shared the easiest meatball soup with orzo, and on Monday, we had the 5 ingredient slow cooker green enchilada soup. Apparently it really is soup week on Rachel Cooks! Also, a reader asked me if they could use shredded chicken in my super popular Italian Turkey Bean Soup and now I can’t wait to try that! It sounds so amazing.
If you’re anything like Ben and me, you like your soup thick. You’re going to love this slow cooker tomato basil soup (you’d love the creamy chicken and wild rice soup, too — some people get a little fired up about how thick that one is). If you like it to actually be like soup and less stew-like, feel free to add some water or broth (or milk if you want it creamy). Also, the longer it sits, the thicker it will get, so be prepared for that. The second day it was more like tortellini with tomato sauce. Which we also loved. Really no complaints at all from Ben or me.
Serve this soup with homemade bread. Try no-knead whole wheat bread or Italian herb and cheese pull-apart bread. Or a crisp salad would be perfect, too, like this kale salad with cranberries.
Enjoy! Happy “souping”.
PS: I typed “souping” in Google because I couldn’t believe my computer didn’t give me a red squiggly line under it implying that I’m making up words. What comes up? An article in the NY Times headlined “Souping is the new Juicing.” VALIDATION. (I’m ignoring the second headline stating “Souping: Yet Another Dead End Dieting Trend” — hush up, HuffPo.) Let’s celebrate with squash soup.
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- 1 cup finely diced carrot, ¼ inch dice (about 3 carrots)
- 1 cup finely diced yellow onion, ¼ inch dice (about 1 medium onion)
- ¾ cup finely diced celery, ¼ inch dice (1 to 2 stalks)
- 2 cans (28 oz. each) tomatoes, low or no sodium (whole or diced)
- 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pkg. (20 oz.) refrigerated 3 cheese tortellini
- ¾ cup half & half
- ¼ cup minced fresh basil, more for garnish
- Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
- In a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker, combine carrot, onion, celery, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, basil, pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 5 hours (or low for 8 hours). Uncover and carefully remove bay leaf.
- Blend until smooth using a hand-held immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can also puree this in batches in a traditional blender (be very careful!).
- Add tortellini and continue to cook on high for 15 minutes or until tortellini is cooked through.
- Stir in half & half and fresh basil and serve immediately, topped with additional fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Recipe card revised 3/10/23.
- Makes 14 cups.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: He couldn’t get enough of this soup. He probably wished there was meat but he didn’t complain.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Very easy.
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