Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Morning everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ ย This post is one of the first few recipes I posted on my blog, and the pictures were… um… kinda terrible lol. ย So I’ve been itching to make this again and take some new pictures for you all! ย This soup is unbelievably easy to make and tastes incredible. ย You won’t want canned tomato soup ever again! ย Here’s the original post:

Trick-or-Treat!! ย Dinner on Halloween night has always been a horrible scramble, and stressful as all get out. ย There’s dinner to make, eat, clean up, costumes to put on, pictures to take and then walking around in the cold and rainy evening… sounds so fun huh? ย What sounds better on a cold, rainy night other than.. soup!! ย I went with an old classic with a few twists… tomato, basil and parmesan soup with mozzarella cheese stuffed crescents (the “grilled cheese” component). ย Wanna hear the best part? ย It cooks in the crockpot ๐Ÿ˜€ ย I looooove my crockpot on cold days.

The soup as it's cooking in the crockpot

The soup as it’s cooking in the crockpot

So once the soup has cooked for 4-8 hours on low, you ladle it into a food processor or blender and puree it, then it’ll look like this…

Ugh, weird lighting on this one, but you can see how smooth it looks

Ugh, weird lighting on this one, but you can see how smooth it looks

Now you simply make your roux, add the cream, let it thicken slightly, then pour into the crockpot, add the parmesan cheese and let it cook another 20-30 minutes. ย Top it off with extra parmesan and basil if you’d like!

Now here’s the finished product and a comparison of the pictures… lord I hope you like the new one better ๐Ÿ™‚

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I never get tired of this soup… it’s such a perfect winter meal. ย As much as I’d rather winter be over… I’m looking outside now at a snow covered backyard, so bring on the winter meals for a little while longer.

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

To me, no soup is complete without some sort of bread to dunk into the soup (possibly because I just LOVE bread)… so here are a few of my favorite dishes to accompany this soup!

I’m always nervous to make new recipes for other people without testing them first, but this was a hit with my whole family! ย So if you’re cravingย some soul-warming soup on a chilly day… try this one, you won’t be disappointed!!

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup - Lusciously creamy and full of tomato and basil flavors, this slow cooker tomato soup is out of this world! Try it tonight!
Garlic and Herb Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls - Buttery, rich, garlicky and full of fresh herbs and delicious mozzarella cheese

Recipe inspiredย from Le Creme de la Crumb

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Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

Rich and velvety, this creamy tomato and basil soup is perfect for a chilly night!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 2 15- oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 10- oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves large garlic - minced
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken broth - or vegetable stock to make it vegetarian
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese - shredded
  • For the Roux:
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream - or half and half


  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, basil, salt, pepper, heavy cream and vegetable or chicken broth to your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (although it can be done on high for 2 hours as well). Stir occasionally and scrape down the sides (if you can).
  • 40 minutes before serving, transfer soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return to crockpot.
  • Make your roux by melting your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until it's incorporated. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream until the cream is smooth and thickened.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and roux to the crockpot and stir to combine.
  • Cook for another 20-30 minutes. Cheese should be completely melted into the soup. Stir thoroughly before serving. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and basil if desired.
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69 comments on “Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup”

  1. Hi! Iโ€™m trying out your recipe for the first time. Can you use dried basil leaves? How much? Or do you need the fresh basil?ย 

  2. By far the best tomato soup I’ve come across. I’ve made this for meal prepping and on camping trips. Easy and delicious.

  3. My fiance asked me to make a double batch of this soup…AFTER I made it last week! The only difference for me is I skipped the basil, used Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, and used mozzarella instead of parmesan. So very yummy!

  4. I’ve made this delicious soup now many times. Our family just cannot get enough of this. Canned soup is gross to us now that we’ve had this. I always buy fire roasted diced tomatoes and it makes it so yummy. The store I went shopping at this time was out of parmesan cheese so I got Asiago cheese instead I sure hope it’s just as good or better.

  5. Amazing !!! My kids and I Loved it. Simple to make. I will definitely make over and over again. Thank you.

  6. I made the soup. My kids and I loved it. Better then most restaurants. Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely make over and over again.

  7. Hello! I will be making your soup this week for a ski trip. I am making the soup ahead of time and transporting it in tupperware to our rental house. Any tips for making this ahead? And reheating it in a pot?

  8. This soup was super easy and DELICIOUS!!!! My husband and I both loved it. I made recipe exactly as is. Paired with ultimate gourmet grilled cheese….YUM! Will definitely make again. THANK YOU!!!

  9. I am wondering if anyone has ever frozen this soup? I would love to make it and freeze some small batches for my mother in law. It looks scrumptious!

  10. I LOVE tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi, The instructions (recipe) says to add the cream at two different times. Can you tell me what you did?

      • Hi Heidi ๐Ÿ™‚ There is cream in the initial part of the soup that goes into the slow cooker, and cream in the roux that you add the last 30 minutes of cooking. Heavy cream is listed twice in the recipe ingredients (once for soup, and once for the roux).

      • I was a little confused about the cream as well. I’ve made this twice and it’s excellent but my notes weren’t clear about the cream. Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’ve got this recipe in the slow cooker right now! Just wondering if the roux is entirely necessary or can I skip that?

    Can’t wait to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Everything about these two recipes sound PERFECT. I’ll definitely have to try both of them out!

  13. This soup sounds sooo comforting! And with that crescent rolls, its just perfect for fall!

  14. This is definitely my kind of fall meal! Love the soup and bread!

  15. Your new pictures have my mouth watering and my tastebuds craving tomato soup now! This looks incredible, I think it needs to be in my slow cooker very, very soon.

  16. Yum!! I love pretty much any kind of soup and those mozzarella stuffed crescent rolls…well that was a nice bonus! I am going to be making this soon!

  17. Nothing more comforting than a great bowl of tomato soup. Those crescent rolls make a great addition to serve along side!

  18. Girl, I am always so impressed with your photography skills! Even your original were not horrible (if you want to see horrible, check out mine lol.) I need you to teach me your ways, but it would have to be over a couple of bowls of this amazing soup!

    • Thank you SO SO much Kacey!! I’ve always loved photography, although food photography is certainly more challenging than I EVER thought it would be. I mean it’s just food right?! And girl, your photography skills are pretty awesome btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Oh my…so delicious! I’m always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  20. I am pinning your recipe to my Slow Cooker Board, this soup looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. Thanks for linking this up to Oh My Heartsie Girl!

  22. Tomato soup and grilled cheese are so perfect together. This is really amazingly delicious, Amanda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Sounds like the perfect thing to eat on cold, winter nights!!

  24. I am a cheese lover. And I am drooling over your cheese rolls.mmmm…

  25. Wow! Two lovely recipes! Love that shot of the soup running down the side of the bowl!!!
    Happy Fiesta Friday, enjoy the party ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. This is too good Amanda!! They all look so good! I absolutely love Tomato Soup and even got my husband to like it and with the cheesy rolls? I wish I could have all this for breakfast now!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Oh my!! Both of these look amazing but particularly the cheese rolls. One of those needs to be in my mouth right now!! I’m drooling over here!

  28. Looks fantastic on this cold snowy day!

  29. I love tomato soup, and with those stuffed crescent rolls?!? Drooling. Such a delicious pair, I’m swooning over that melted mozz!

    • Thank you!! Tomato soup ranks up there with my favorite soups, and ohhhhh girl those stuffed crescent rolls are soooooo cheesy ๐Ÿ˜€ I may have eaten entirely too many lol

  30. always love the soup and I can wait to cook one…TFS looks soooo yummy..

  31. Your food photos are amazing! Bravo! The tomato soup looks delicious — I make mine by roasting canned tomatoes first and then simmering them with the rest of the ingredients. I’ll top my soup next time with Parmesan, looks insanely good!

    • Thank you so much!!! Food photography is harder than I thought it would be, but a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooooh I bet roasting those tomatoes first adds so much flavor ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll have to try that next time!

  32. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this soup since I saw it the other day ๐Ÿ™ I have all of the ingredients officially on my shopping list- this needs to happen, and it needs to happen nowwwwwww.

    • Awwww, I’ve honestly been doing the same thing with your sticky chicken fingers! I just keep waiting until we use up all our meals on the current meal list, and man when it’s time to plan the next 2 weeks… guess what’s going on there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you LOVE them!

  33. I grew up eating tomato soup out of the can with grilled cheese sandwiches. I love your version so much more! I’m pining it now!

    • Thank you so much!! I grew up eating tomato soup that way too ๐Ÿ™‚ In my family, we always put rice in our tomato soup too (which is pretty yummy)

      • Rice in the soup is an alternative way to make this soup gluten-free and thickening it at the same time. Also, instead of making a roux to get the extra richness of the heavy cream/half-n-half, and also in keeping it gluten-free, stir in 4 oz of cream cheese. I have family members that are gluten-free, and this recipe sounds divine! Want to use it, but stay away from those allergies. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Love tomato soup and grilled cheese! I work in an elementary school and that’s the only thing on the menu that I buy, other than occasional pretzels or cookies. But your version with the crescent rolls takes it up another notch. Thanks for bringing to Fiesta Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much for hosting Fiesta Friday! You’re welcome and I’ll definitely be participating weekly ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a huge tomato soup lover as well, although admittedly, in the past I usually reached for a can lol. Those cheese stuffed crescent rolls sure were tasty, and would be great with just about any soup ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and you’re welcome!! I’ll definitely be making it again ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. It was amazing… so smooth, and depth of flavors – if you are thinking Campbell’s tomato soup, you are in the wrong universe! And the dunking, mopping rolls were wonderful. Thanks for the invite!

  38. Thank you!!! For simple ingredients, it sure had a lot of flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Such a tasty soup, can’t even compare to anything you’ve had out of a can!