October 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
It’s been a little over a year of me being obsessed with slow cooker soups. And here I am, making yet another amazing soup in my slow cooker. This one’s a real beauty, though, thanks to the very ripe tomatoes that I bought at a farmer’s market recently (the last of the summer!) and the extra special goat cheese that I threw in at the end, just to make the chunky tomato soup a bit creamy, too.
I’m not sure why I’ve never made tomato soup before, since it’s absolutely one of my favorites. This soup was a perfect comforting meal on a recent day when it was raining cats and dogs outside. My one regret is that I didn’t have a grilled cheese sandwich to pair it with. Next time, you can bet that I’ll be making this one again very soon!
Slow Cooker Chunky & Creamy Tomato Soup
Makes: 6-8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Slow Cook: 8 hours on LOW
5 very large tomatoes, chopped into 1 inch pieces
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
4 large button mushrooms, sliced
2 small cucumbers, sliced
1 large white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
6-8 ounces goat cheese
1. After chopping all of your ingredients, put the tomatoes in the slow cooker. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth (you can also use water, though it will lose some flavor) and then top with the remaining chopped vegetables.
2. Sprinkle the basil, parsley, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper on top. Mix it together with a spoon, then set the slow cooker on Low for 8 hours.
3. When the soup is done, pour it into a blender (I had to do this twice) and puree until desired consistency. It should come out finer, but still chunky enough.
4. Finally, heat a large pot. Pour in the blended soup, then toss in the goat cheese. Mix until the soup is bubbling and the goat cheese has been melted, giving the soup a creamy texture. Then serve!
Have you ever made tomato soup in the slow cooker? Share with us in the comments below!