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.
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.
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- 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.
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Cuisinart CSB-75R Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, Red
Hamilton Beach 33969A 6-Quart Programmable Set & Forget w/Temperature Probe Slow Cooker Stainless Steel
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g