Monday, January 21, 2013

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

"Soup of the evening, beautiful soup"-  Lewis Carrol

I have experimented in the soup recipe category this week! This recipe is a keeper! It was a huge hit as well.  They ranked this slurpy soup #2 just after the Spicy Tuscan Soup.  The basil made my Little Ones think that it smelled like spaghetti. I know the recipe says it serves 8 but I have a good bit left and I will probably try to freeze it to see how it turns out.

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Makes about 2 quarts (about 8 servings)
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice     (I used diced tomatoes with basil and oregano in the can)
1 cup finely diced celery   (I used 4 stocks of celery)
1 cup finely diced carrots  (I used 6 carrots)
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth
½ bay leaf
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese   (I used 1 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese)
½ cup butter
2 cups half and half, warmed - or skim milk if you’re trying to cut some calories  (I used half and half)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

1. Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil, and bay leaf to a large slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
3. About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half, salt and pepper. Add additional basil and oregano if needed (the slow cooker does a number on spices and they get bland over time, so don’t be afraid to always season to taste at the end).
4. Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.


  1. Isn't it so nice to find "keepers"? These all sound very tasty!

  2. I have made her soup before as well and really enjoyed it!! I had ended up putting mine through the blender until smooth and it was so delicious, we had enough for three different meals!!

    1. I am real picky when it comes to soups. There aren't many I would try a second time around. I don't like tomato soups at all. So, I was wondering if I would be eating cereal instead. I was so surprised. The cheese kicked it up a lot! You can't have it with out the cheese! I am looking forward to seeing what it taste like as left overs.

  3. That looks so good and easy! Will definitely have to try it soon. (Testing to see if i can comment via my Kindle...)

  4. Yummy! Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. God bless.


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