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Slow Cooker | October 29, 2013

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Every year on Halloween, it was a trick to get the kids to eat real food before going out in the neighborhood to collect treats. My rules on Halloween (besides stay in the neighborhood, don’t run, say “thank you” after screaming trick or treat,  and don’t eat the candy till we inspect it). Those were the precursor to the food rules…

1. Eat dinner before you go out.
2. Eat a few pieces of candy that night, then put the stash away until the next day. There was a limit on how much candy the kids could eat each day, something ridiculous,  like 3-5 pieces.
After a few more kids, I came up with the new Foster Family Halloween standard:
1. Eat a bowl of home made chicken noodle soup and buttermilk scones before going out. Invite your friends over to eat with you. Amazing how your kids will actually eat dinner if their friends are with them, and they’re eating something they love.
2. Eat the candy you gather Halloween night ASAP, therefore alleviating your mother the hassle of policing how much candy you eat every day for the following month. The bulk of treats were usually gone in a day or two.
Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup
If you’re looking for an easy fix for dinner on Halloween, try Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup. After you take the blender to the ingredients, the kids will never know they are eating something healthy.
Happy Halloween!
5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Author adapted from Big Girls Small Kitchen


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large carrots scrubbed or 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 medium sweet onions diced
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 28- ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 10 basil leaves fresh, plus a few more for garnish
  • Fresh grated Parmesan for garnish


Slow cooker:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft. Allow the soup to cool slightly. using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Or puree in batches in a blender. Serve immediately, or keep on low until ready to eat.

Stove-top version:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy lidded pot or dutch ovenover medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low, and simmer, covered, for about 2 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft. Allow the soup to cool slightly. Then puree as instructed above.Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

If you like a creamier version, omit about 1 cup of the chicken broth and add milk or half and half.

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  1. Sounds like good parenting to me. We had the same rules only our kids and their friends begged for broccoli cheese soup each year (go figure). It must have been the cheese.
    I love tomato soup and still have a few in the garden believe it or not. I need to try this one.

    1. Never mind. Looked under the index and found some yummy looking Spinach Herb Twists that should go nicely with this. Not as healthy as I wanted but I'll just have one twist, I promise.

      Can't wait for some new holiday goodies recipes and now is just the right time to make the Super Simple Pecan Pie. I won't be able to eat it myself but I can lick the spoon right?

  2. I’m so excited to try this recipe. My husband eats tomato soup with some kind of toasted sandwich a couple times a week. His favorite is the more creamy, bisque-like soups but we’ve recently had to cut out dairy (combination of blood type and food allergies) so this looks like a great option for us. And serving it up before doing trick or treat is a really good idea as well. I might give it a try myself toys Uttar with the holiday right around the corner. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried making tomato basil soup and gave this recipe a go when requested by my son for his birthday dinner!?! I wasn’t sure which canned tomato brands to buy, so I bought 3 different kinds and it was a HIT!!! The fresh basil gave the soup the perfect touch and I always have bowls of favorite add-ins so guests can personalize their soup. For this soup I had a bowl of fresh sour cream, shaved parmesan and more fresh basil. The grilled cheese sandwiches made this a meal. Thanks Si!

    1. Hi Jann!
      I’m so happy to hear that it turned out delicious! This is sweet of you to share with me. I love the fresh sour cream, basil, and parmesan; I’m sure it added fantastic flavors!