Slow cooker tomato soup is creamy and comforting, and pairs exceptionally well next to a grilled cheese sandwich. This easy slow cooker recipe is a must make!

Slow cooker tomato soup is creamy and comforting, and pairs exceptionally well next to a grilled cheese sandwich. This easy slow cooker recipe is a must make! \

A rant about not soup….

Before I get to the Slow Cooker Tomato Soup, there is something I must say about an incredibly popular book series.

Hunger Games… This post may lose me a few readers. I just finished the third of the books and am still trying to figure out if I liked them or not. Obviously, I liked some aspect of them because I read all of them.

So, where I may have enjoyed reading the Hunger Games, do I think it could have better better? Hells yes. And here’s why. The concept is great, a post revolutionary country divided into sections with forced manual labor and the constant reminder of the supreme power government holds over us, brilliant idea.

The idea of one girl breaking all of it by unknowingly finding a way out and becoming integral in another larger plot. Great. But I felt that where these books had a great start, if they had been written for an adult audience, and expanded more upon the weight and consequence of every action instead of the meals and outfits, it would have been an outstanding series. I feel like these books were just the tip of an iceberg for what they could have been.

I loved that they were written for a YA crowd, as it meant I didn’t have to flip past pages of overly forced love triangles, that the only romance is a few misinterpreted kisses and some cuddling here and there. I thought the level of violence was acceptable and didn’t need any further details, especially as the books went on, which is also something that would have been further drawn out for a mature audience.

But I believe the whole thing that tied all the books together, the government conflict and how almost every character was just a pawn in the game, would have benefited from a writing style more targeted towards the adult reader. The main character may have weighed her actions a little more, understood the cause and effect – however – her behavior and thinking was perfect for the Hunger Games books as they were written.

I thought the final ending was unsatisfactory to the whole series and feel almost as if the entire three books, death of a majority of the cast, and change in regime may have had little to no effect on the possible future of the fictional society.

I also feel that the undoing of Peeta’s character and his return to his old self at the very end of the third book is too quick. I pity the main character as things by the end of it never seem like she could be truly happy again and it seems that she is left with questions unanswered even as she takes things into her own action with the final draw of her bow.

I also felt that each of the books didn’t have a natural closing. It’s one thing to be an amazing writer so that your readers are drawn to you and want to buy your next book, but to force us into it with an obvious to be concluded isn’t a great writer, to me.

Where I enjoyed the overall concept and story outlined by the Hunger Games, I would love to see it in written again for an adult market so that the entire morality of it could be weighed in on. I think those would be amazing Hunger Games books. But am I looking forward to the movie? Um, yeah.

Slow cooker tomato soup is creamy and comforting, and pairs exceptionally well next to a grilled cheese sandwich. This easy slow cooker recipe is a must make! \

Now, I extend this creamy slow cooker tomato soup recipe to you as an offering for your forgiveness before you pelt me to death.

It seems rather uncomplicated when you are throwing it all into the slow cooker, but the final product is rich with flavor and depth. It’s the kind of soup that you could easily make a meal of on its own without realizing you have dipped your spoon in one too  many times or makes the perfect accompaniment to a great sandwich on a cold winter night.

Tomato Soup in a Slow Cooker

Equals pure freakin genius.

Tomato soup does wonderfully at the medium low temp that keeps things hot but without boiling them. This allows the cream in the recipe to not curdle or get all funky with too much heat. Creating a smooth butter mouthfeel for an upgrade to everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich dipping soup.

I love my Hamilton Beach 6 QT slow cooker for this soup, mainly because it is programmable. I love all the slow cookers but sometimes they run too hot to quick and things can get burnt or stuck to the bottom. That would be awful for this soup.

Instead, I can set it to warm when I am ready to serve to keep things hot enough for the soup without scalding the cream.

How to make tomato soup better

Ok, now that you have a slow cooker prepped for your soup, here are a few additions that really liven this one up.

  • Add a pinch of heat – a little cayenne in tomato soup goes a long way.
  • Don’t scald the cream. Besides getting all stuck and lumpy it creates a burnt flavor that lingers on and on. Treat this soup with delicate care (which is why that slow cooker is the perfect tool).
  • Tomatoes have acid, balance them out with sugar. You know when you taste something and it’s good, but you can’t figure out just what it needs? It’s like art, the flavors are searching for their complimentary colors. In this case sugar to balance the acid. A pinch of brown sugar helps this soup roll over the tongue.
  • Garnish with fresh basil when serving – the aroma is amazing and it elevates ‘tomato soup’ to a restaurant worthy experience.
Slow cooker tomato soup is creamy and comforting, and pairs exceptionally well next to a grilled cheese sandwich. This easy slow cooker recipe is a must make! \

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Creamy Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

Slow cooker tomato soup is creamy and comforting, and pairs exceptionally well next to a grilled cheese sandwich. This easy slow cooker recipe is a must make!

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Soups, Stews and Chowders
Author: Kita Roberts
6 hours 50 minutes
Serves: 1 batch soup


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes - drained but reserve the juices
  • 1 onion - minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth - plus extra if needed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tspn dry sherry
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  • Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add tomatoes, onion, sugar, tomato paste, and 1/2 teas salt and cook until tomatoes are dry and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in 1 cup broth, scraping up any brown bits; transfer to slow cooker.
  • Sit remaining 2 cups broth, reserved tomato juice, and bay leaves into slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook until tomatoes begin to break down, 4 to 6 hours on low.
  • Discard bay leaves. 
  • Working in batches, puree soup in a blender, or with an immersion blender until smooth, then transfer to a large saucepan.
  • Stir in cream, sherry and cayenne and add additional chicken broth as needed to adjust soup consistency.
  • Reheat soup over medium-low heat until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Want to level up your grilled cheese game? Try fresh basil or a slathering of pesto to really set it over the top.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. The soup makes up for it. =) The books were not ready for their literary value but I sure did enjoy them – and I can’t wait for the movies!! LOVE this soup – easy way to have a pot of mmm-mmm good.

  2. I’ve only ever made tortilla soup in a slow cooker before…I really like the way this one sounds. Few things beat a nice warm home-y meal like tomato soup and grilled cheese. ^_^

  3. I have to admit I really enjoyed this series. I’m glad that you spoke up on this because you have a good point about targeting it more towards the adult reader. It would have been worth shouting from the rooftops.

    There were parts in both Carching Fire and Mockingbird that nearly lost my attention. The final book seemed in a hurry to end like closing time at a bar.

    Thank you for challenging me to use my brain when I read a book and for helping me realize how easy it is to make this soup!

  4. Once I finish the book I am reading now I am starting the Hunger Games!

  5. Oh, your soup sounds amazing…I can only imagine the delicious aroma with this cooking all day! YUM!

  6. Mmm…the soup sounds fantastic, with the sherry and cream. Would be perfect for today, so gloomy and cold, I could use the warmth. And the grilled cheese looks amazing! What a perfect combo!

  7. Pesto grilled cheese is my absolute favorite way to go on grilled cheese, and what a great combination with tomato sauce 🙂 Looks delicious!

  8. Hurray, someone else who isn’t worshiping those books! Have you ever read the English translation of Battle Royale? That is a good book. The Hunger Games were all right, but badly written, in my opinion.

    Also, this recipe – bookmarked! 😉

    1. Ive heard a lot about the Battle Royale books, but I guess I just think of anime when I hear that? I will have to give them a try some day.

  9. I have been looking for a good tomato soup recipe for years. My Brazilian mother makes the best one and I have tried to make tomato soup before and it is never like hers. Sorry mom, I think I found one that is better than yours:) Do you think I can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth? Thank you SO much for sharing.

    1. This could be made with vegetable broth – and honestly, I don’t believe it would change the overall taste too much at all. 🙂

  10. It seems I did enjoy the books overall more than you did. But I totally agree that the 3rd book was disappointing. That ending just left me thinking….wait? what? that’s it??

    1. The more I thought about the last book, the more I realized there were several major plot points left not addressed…. >.>

  11. Slow cooker tomato soup also equals solar-baked tomato soup — easy peasy! Thanks for sharing and I’m with you on the Hunger Games… come visit when you can.

  12. This soup is amazing!!!! Once you get the first sip you can’t stop!!!!

  13. I was JUST saying how much I wanted tomato soup. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. The BF and I were just about to go out to dinner, and I read this while waiting for him to get ready… and now I’d rather stay home and make this. REALLY.

  15. I enjoyed those books enough to read through all of them in about 4 days. But once they were done I thought it was a good story and I was done with them. I am kind of like that with all books though.

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