Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Indulge in the rich and creamy experience of this Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup, a true crockpot wonder that promises an explosion of flavors with every spoonful. This hearty recipe melds the tangy notes of tomatoes with the aromatic essence of basil and the rich, velvety touch of Parmesan cheese. Whether you prefer it chunky or smooth, this soup can be your go-to comfort meal, bringing the warmth and richness of slow-cooked ingredients right into your bowl.

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

Begin by combining your diced tomatoes, finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots with the chicken broth into your crockpot. Let these ingredients cook on a low setting for a duration of 5 to 7 hours or until they are tender to your preference.

After the slow cooking process, you have a choice to either purée the mixture using a stick blender until smooth or leave it as is for a chunkier version of the soup, according to your preference.

Next, prepare a roux in a separate medium saucepan. Melt the butter and gradually add flour, stirring continuously for about 3 to 4 minutes until it forms a smooth paste. Take a cup of the soup mixture and add it to your roux, followed by another three cups, blending well to ensure a lump-free consistency.

Pour this thickened mixture back into the crockpot, stirring it well with the rest of the soup. Now, add in the Parmesan cheese, half and half, salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano, mixing everything well. Allow this rich and creamy mixture to cook for an additional hour.

Your soup is now ready to be served. It pairs wonderfully with a crusty piece of bread or a light salad. Serve it hot and enjoy the hearty, warm embrace of this delightful soup.

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