Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

09.21.2014

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup | Cooking Classy

One of my favorite things to make is a good slow cooker soup recipe. They are easy, they have a delicious slow simmered flavor and they almost always equal less clean up, and I’m all about less clean up. This soup is probably one of the easiest you’ll ever make and you wouldn’t believe how amazing it tastes (especially considering it’s ease of prep).

You may be thinking that the three carrots seems odd but it gives this soup some body, a light natural sweetness and it offers such a vibrant color to this soup so you don’t end up with something pale pink in the end. Other than that this soup is mostly tomato, which I believe the way a true tomato soup is meant to be. I’ve always been grossed out by the canned tomato soup, doesn’t it just seem to have an off flavor and too much sweetness? When I was little I disliked it so much that instead I’d just heat tomato sauce with a little water and eat that with my grilled cheese instead. Yes, that really was lacking in flavor but when you are a kid I guess that’s what you like. This however is full of flavor, the onions, garlic and basil offer just enough without taking away from the vibrant tomato flavor.

Me and my kids loved this soup (then there was my husband that hates tomatoes so he just picked out the tortellini, I was totally offended – just kidding). I was so glad I had enough left over for lunch the next day, it was a bowl of pure comfort for a cool day. I love that it’s actually very hearty and filling too. This one I’m going to make time and time…and time again.

This makes a slow cooker full so if you are only serving a few I’d recommend making 2/3 the recipe (using 2 cans of the tomatoes, etc). You can also reduce it to that if you have a 5 quart slow cooker because a full batch probably wouldn’t fit in that size.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup | Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup | Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: About 8 servings

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup diced carrots (3 medium)
  • 1 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (1 large)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (28 oz) cans whole Roma tomatoes
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Parmesan, shredded, for serving

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Pour mixture into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker along with tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves, sugar. Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW 6 - 7 hours or HIGH 3 - 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves then puree mixture well with an emulsion blender (or carefully in small batches in a blender. If your slow cooker doesn't keep all the moisture in well while cooking, you may need to add in 1/2 cup water or so at this point so the soup isn't too thick). Stir in tortellini, cover and cook on HIGH heat 15 minutes longer (or until heated through). Reduce heat to warm, stir in heavy cream. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/09/slow-cooker-creamy-tomato-basil-tortellini-soup/

115 comments

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: Holy smokes! This soup looks so yummy! September 21, 2014 at 11:36am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love creamy tomato soup, this looks so good! September 21, 2014 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Love creamy tomato basil soup! When I was pregnant, I was sooooo sick. For like, oh 38 weeks of it. But one of the only things I ever wanted was the Tomato Basil Soup from the Nordstrom cafe. It was an expensive little bowl of soup every week since I had to walk past the shoe dept, etc. en route to the cafe, but it was fun :) Your soup looks better than theirs – just perfect!! September 21, 2014 at 5:23pm Reply

  • Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker): Slow cookers are such a convenience, especially when I have long work days. I’m going to dust mine off (I tend not to use it in the summer) and bookmark this to try soon. September 21, 2014 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen: Looks delicious. I love adding carrots to tomato soup. You’re right – it does give it a great color! September 21, 2014 at 9:26pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: This is being added to our Fall rotation for sure, looks amazing! September 21, 2014 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: This soup looks so comforting and delicious! September 21, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Zoe: Looks SO yummy!! :)
    Much love September 22, 2014 at 2:02am Reply

  • Mandy {Baking with Blondie}: HOLY. SMOKES. Yes, yes, and YES! I have to try this next week for sure! September 23, 2014 at 7:41am Reply

  • Jennifer Takala: Looks delicious! Do you leave the bay leaves in when you blend, or do you remove them beforehand? I am assuming you leave them in since you didn’t specifically mention removing them. Thanks! September 23, 2014 at 3:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you remove them, sorry I forgot to list that! Thanks for pointing it out! I hope you try this and love it Jennifer! September 23, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Jackie: I made this tonight. It was very good! My son said he wanted third and fourth helpings! Perfect fall crockpot meal. Thanks so much! September 24, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed thanks for your feedback Jackie!! September 24, 2014 at 6:47pm Reply

  • Jackie: Oh, I meant to say. I blended everything before I put it in the crockpot. I was afraid of transferring hot tomatoes and liquid to the blender. Lol. It was still perfect. :) September 24, 2014 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Laurie V: This was super tasty! My husband is a tomato soup aficionado and he loved it. We track our calories, so I figured out calories per serving and it is 275 calories before adding the Parmesan. Just an FYI. September 28, 2014 at 3:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the calorie info! I’m so happy to hear you and your husband liked this recipe, thanks for your feedback Laurie! September 28, 2014 at 10:31pm Reply

  • Samantha: This looks so delicious! It’s simmering in the crock pot now. I actually used fresh Roma tomatoes from our garden after blanching and removing the skins. I’m excited for dinner. September 30, 2014 at 11:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Samantha! September 30, 2014 at 6:47pm Reply

  • Teresa: This looks delicious. I’ll have to give it a try now that fall is here and we eat more soups. October 6, 2014 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Camry: This looks wonderful! Can you make it on the stove instead of the crock pot? Me and my husband want to try it out tonight but I didn’t plan enough in advance! October 8, 2014 at 5:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should work just fine. I hope you love it! October 8, 2014 at 5:57pm Reply

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  • Kate W.: Any thoughts as to how this will be frozen? I never freeze soups but think I might with this one and save some for another time. October 9, 2014 at 8:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: This one might work okay but you’d definitely want to keep the tortellini separate from the soup so it doesn’t get soggy, I’d probably add the cream in later too. October 9, 2014 at 11:26pm Reply

  • Kate W.: Quick question. Do you drain the cans of tomatoes before adding them? October 9, 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No don’t drain. I hope you love it Kate! October 9, 2014 at 2:01pm Reply

      • Kate W.: I did love this! Made it tonight for dinner. Even got my 4 year old to eat it – first soup she’s wanted to try that I made (maybe b/c she helped at the end?) and got her to eat veggies. Win win!

        Didn’t realize how hearty and filling the soup was until I got to the bottom of my bowl. I ended up pureeing the soup in my Ninja blender but I still got a bit of tiny, tiny crunch from the carrot bits. Was that normal? October 15, 2014 at 11:10pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: There shouldn’t be any crunch maybe a a faint chew (depending on how well blended you can get the carrots) so I’d just cook it a bit longer next time. I’m so glad your family liked it! October 16, 2014 at 1:10am Reply

  • Mary Ann Snyder: This looks so yummy! The last part of the recipe (after the blending)…is all of it done in the slow cooker or stovetop? Thanks! October 12, 2014 at 7:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Slow cooker. I hope you try it and love it! November 13, 2014 at 4:52pm Reply

  • Natalie: I made this tonight – my husband and I both thought it was delicious! We quickly devoured our bowls and then my love went back for seconds. I can’t wait to have the leftovers tomorrow night! Thanks for the recipe! October 13, 2014 at 6:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’ve very welcome! I’m so glad it was enjoyed! October 13, 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

  • Mrs Kelly: Eating this soup as I type. yummy! yummy! I used chicken broth and reduced the amount, just because that’s what I had on hand. I ended up adding a little extra sugar too and some dried spices. This one is def a keeper! Thanks so much for this great recipe! October 14, 2014 at 12:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a review! I’m glad you liked it Mrs Kelly! October 14, 2014 at 6:40pm Reply

  • Karina: This recipe looks amazing!! I am definitely going to cook this soup this weekend. I do not own a crock pot, could I use a pressure pot or the stove top? October 15, 2014 at 7:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you could definitely just make this on the stove top. I hope you love it! October 15, 2014 at 10:51pm Reply

  • Annette: How can I transform this delicious recipe into a gulten free recipe? October 20, 2014 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’d have to use gluten-free tortellini which is probably hard to come by, so if you can’t find it I would just use some sort of pasta (Barilla makes the best gluten free in my opinion and I might use shells) then just serve it with cheeses (mozzarella parm ricotta, something like so). Hope that helps! October 20, 2014 at 9:01pm Reply

  • Tracy Banks: Just finished making this! Delicious!!!!! October 22, 2014 at 8:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it Tracy! Thanks for leaving a comment! October 23, 2014 at 4:47pm Reply

  • Joyce: I want to try this recipe this weekend. I found a few but this one looks very good. To keep the calories down do you think I can add greek yogurt instead of the heavy cream. I saw other recipes that did this. What are your thoughts
    Thanks
    Joyce October 23, 2014 at 11:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that should be just fine, it won’t be quite as rich and creamy but should still be delicious and healthier too! October 23, 2014 at 4:43pm Reply

    • Stephanie: oh please let me know how that comes out. I like to keep on the healthier side of things too. October 29, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Kori A: Can you leave it on low for 8.5 hours instead of 6? I work an 8 hr day so I was hoping to just leave it while I’m at work. October 27, 2014 at 4:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be just fine. Hope you love it! October 27, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

      • Kori A: Thanks!! I’ll let you know :) October 28, 2014 at 7:13am Reply

  • Rachel: How long would i cook the tortellini’s if i added them with the soup (they are still frozen) I also am using canned tomato juice instead of crushed tomatoes which should mean i won’t have to puree right? October 28, 2014 at 10:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you want to take the carrots out at the end then you wouldn’t have to puree, but I’m not sure how long the frozen would take to cook since I haven’t tried with that? My guess would be about 20 – 30? November 27, 2014 at 1:06am Reply

  • Stephanie: Omg this looks awesome I cant wait to try it this weekend. I love using my slow cooker because it allows me to do other things while this is ready. I saw that one woman blended everything together before she put it in the crock pot, was just wondering if that came out ok when it was all said and done? Would you recomend that Jaclyn? October 29, 2014 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I prefer to blend at the end since it’s all softened up by then but if you have a heavy duty blender blending at the beginning should be okay too. November 27, 2014 at 12:54am Reply

  • Jill T: I completely spaced and forgot to take out the bay leaves before using my Vitamix to blend. Did I just ruin the whole batch? HELP! October 29, 2014 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No it should be just fine still. I hope you love it! October 29, 2014 at 5:32pm Reply

  • Stephanie: I was just wondering if blending the mixture before i put it in the crock pot would be easier and better then waiting til the end? or does it even matter? October 30, 2014 at 8:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just thought it would be easier to pulverize everything once it was softened but if you have a really heavy duty blender you could probably do it before too. October 30, 2014 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Monique: Yum! Made this tonight! So good! I didn’t have a full-size blender on hand, so I used my smoothie blender. I had to do a few batches, but it worked perfectly! Super good! Just scraped my bowl clean! :) Thanks for sharing! October 31, 2014 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Hilary: So looking forward to making this tonight! Is it necessary to puree everything in a blender or have you ever kept the vegetables chunky for a different flavor? November 3, 2014 at 11:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you want more texture you could leave them chunky, just personal preference. December 8, 2014 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Ashley: Mine came out kinda grainy… tastes good but the texture’s odd. Any ideas on how i can fix this? November 3, 2014 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could strain it through a fine mesh strainer, it’s probably just the carrots. Hope that helps! November 3, 2014 at 6:51pm Reply

  • Catherine: This looks heavenly…I was wondering if using canned crushed tomatoes instead of Roma would work? November 3, 2014 at 10:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine. December 8, 2014 at 9:54pm Reply

  • Sara: Made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous. I tested with and without cream and it doesn’t make a big difference without it.
    Thank you for this delicious easy recipe. November 4, 2014 at 4:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Sara! Glad you liked it! November 4, 2014 at 8:09pm Reply

  • Rebecca: I saw this on Pinterest and made it yesterday. It was DELICIOUS! We are currently living in Austria and are completely snowed in today. This is a perfect warm, filling and comforting soup for days like these.
    Thank you for sharing this yummy and healthy recipe!
    Have a great day! November 6, 2014 at 3:28am Reply

  • Emily {Rainbow Delicious}: I agree that carrots in this soup add some depth and sweetness, I even added a couple extra when I made this and it was delicious. My husband also doesn’t like tomatoes, what is up with that?! Thanks for the great recipe. November 11, 2014 at 2:03am Reply

  • Steph: Hi do you cook the tortellini first or just throw it in uncooked? I had Everything in the crock pot tonight and realized I didn’t have basil! So I used a few extra bay leaves and oregano..hope it turns out ok! November 24, 2014 at 6:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just add it uncooked. I hope you love it! November 24, 2014 at 10:47pm Reply

  • Teresa: after you add the cream, does it need to sit awhile before serving? Making this tomorrow and just want to be sure..looks delicious.. December 7, 2014 at 3:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It doesn’t really need to sit after adding the cream. I hope you love it! December 8, 2014 at 4:43pm Reply

      • Teresa: YES!!!! My whole family LOVED It!!!! December 8, 2014 at 8:54pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear it :)! December 8, 2014 at 9:38pm Reply

  • Jill: This is in the crockpot now. I wanted to add sausage… Would you add the sasuage at the beginning or after you blended it? December 8, 2014 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d add cooked sausage after blending. Hope you love it! December 8, 2014 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Alexis Babb: Can you sub milk instead of heavy cream for this recipe? Looks delicious! December 16, 2014 at 5:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It won’t have the same creamy texture and taste so I’d recommend the cream. December 16, 2014 at 5:55pm Reply

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  • Christine Keough: made this soup to bring to a soup pot luck at church. Everybody loved it and was the only pot completly empty. It was delicious!!! December 20, 2014 at 4:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Christine! Thanks for leaving a review! December 21, 2014 at 7:10pm Reply

  • Sarah Draper: I have made this soup twice now…followed the recipe to the letter. And it. is. AMAZING. My non-soup-eating husband loves it and asked that I make it a second time. Makes a ton so I share with family and friends. Haven’t tried freezing. Excellent with gourmet grilled cheese. Awesome dish for a night home or gathering. Thanks for sharing! This recipe is officially in my recipe book. :) January 3, 2015 at 6:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Sarah :)! January 29, 2015 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Allison Thayer: This looks great!! I’d love to use fresh tomatoes, any idea how that’d turn out and how many Roma tomatoes would be equivalent to a can? January 10, 2015 at 10:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could definitely use fresh but I’d peel and seed them first so I’d probably add an extra 1/3 of the weight to make up for that. February 5, 2015 at 6:06pm Reply

  • Maryellen: Would you happen to know what size serving equals the 8 servings you mentioned? January 11, 2015 at 8:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I didn’t measure! January 15, 2015 at 9:12pm Reply

      • Maryellen: My husband and I brought it for lunch this week and I’d say based on the size of our Thermos containers it made roughly 16 cups. I actually left the cream out and I LOVED IT, but the hubby thought it could use some spice. Then again he thinks everything should be hot sauce flavored! Thanks for sharing! January 15, 2015 at 9:34pm Reply

  • Sandy: This did look good but the outcome was not the delight I had looked forward to. Too tomatoey in flavor. I tried the fix it w/ more cream and cheese, extra seasoning… I now have enough soup to feed my family of two for months and honey really didn’t like it all that much :(

    Suggestions? January 11, 2015 at 9:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I intended it to have a tomato-y flavor because that’s all I know tomato based soups to be. I suppose you could mix in some ground beef or sausage and more herbs though. January 15, 2015 at 9:01pm Reply

  • Jenn: SO GOOD!! My new favorite, thank you so much! January 14, 2015 at 11:48am Reply

  • Pam Humphries: I’m making this as we speak! Do I boil the tortellini before putting it in the crock pot? January 18, 2015 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No unless you are using frozen then you may want to. February 5, 2015 at 6:46pm Reply

  • Laurzie: I made this tonight after being tempted by it on my Pinterest for too long. It was phenomenal! I didn’t veer from the recipe other than adding a sprinkle of parsley and oregano. Let’s be honest, those dried herbs didn’t do much to this recipe. It was delicious with or without. Thanks for the new family favorite! January 20, 2015 at 7:12pm Reply

  • Cindy: All I have are canned diced tomatoes, do you think those will work? I’m worried about the tomato skins. Thanks! September 2, 2015 at 1:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes those should be fine too. I hope you love this soup! September 3, 2015 at 5:16pm Reply

  • Angela: I made this for my teenage son and his friends and they went crazy over it! My son said to write down the recipe and put it somewhere safe so it never gets lost. The only change we made was to use spinach tortellini because that’s all that was available, but either way it would be delicious. Thanks for sharing! September 14, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

  • Susan: Can you substitute coconut milk or coconut cream for the heavy cream? I don’t do dairy, but this recipe looks great! September 21, 2015 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Mindy: I’ve made this twice, and the fam LOVES it. This will be a staple this winter. October 4, 2015 at 1:59pm Reply

  • Bekah: Just made this. Super excited to eat it! I used coconut milk instead of heavy cream and just didn’t use the sugar because of the sweetness of coconut milk. Fingers crossed but it smells incredible October 10, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Joanne: What kind of heavy cream and % is required for this recipe? My family is looking forward to having this recipe this weekend.

    Thank you for your response and time. November 10, 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Any kind of cream will work except light. So about 30% fat and up. November 10, 2015 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Nicolas: Is that 3x28oz cans of tomato or 3 cans for 28oz total ?

    Thank you! November 26, 2015 at 11:03am Reply

  • Peprich: Just made this tonight. Used crushed tomatoes since that’s what I had. We really enjoyed it. My son said the only thing he would change is how hot it was. :-) Will make it again for my other kids when they are home at Christmas. Thanks for posting. December 2, 2015 at 5:24pm Reply

  • MIMommy: I just wanted to say that I found a pin for “30+ Soups” on Pinterest. I have so far, made about 5 of these soups and each one has been delicious! Thanks for the great compilation of delicious recipes! December 6, 2015 at 3:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment! December 6, 2015 at 5:40pm Reply

  • Krystle: I am making this for dinner tonight and I had a question?.. When it comes to the blending part of it do you do that at the end when it it all done or before you put it in the crockpot? Also, do you blend the carrots up to or just the tomatoes? January 1, 2016 at 7:24am Reply

  • Christina: Do you include the juices with the tomatoes, or just take the tomatoes out? January 13, 2016 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Diane: I had a problem when I made this soup. I made it planning on having it for leftovers for lunches. My family of 6 ate all of it that night! My ten yr old son had three bowls! My family is asking me to make it again this weekend! January 23, 2016 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Angie R: My boyfriend and I just made this and it was DELICIOUS! We paired it with pesto/roasted red pepper/spinach/goat cheese grilled cheese sandwiches and is easily the best meal I’ve ever made. YUM.

    The only thing we did differntly was add add a little sriracha to top off the basil and cheese in the soup bowls because it felt like it needed a little kick. Next time I might try adding spices like corriander or cayenne pepper.

    Will definitely make this again!!! January 24, 2016 at 6:21pm Reply

  • irina: Hi! =) What is a quart? (in sweden we use liters, but if you could hint me further. 7 quart what? ) January 25, 2016 at 7:51am Reply

  • Kathy: Delicious! This made so much deliciousness.
    I plan to make this for our next office potluck – it will be so easy to bring the ingredients and assemble in the morning and let it cook till lunch. February 6, 2016 at 8:11am Reply

  • Jennifer: I was wondering if crushed tomatoes can be substituted for the whole tomatoes for those of us who don’t have an immersion blender. February 29, 2016 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Melissa: Can you use dried tortellini in the bag? Any changes if so? March 1, 2016 at 4:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested it but I imagine you could, I’m guessing it would need a longer cooking time and a little more broth or water in the soup. March 1, 2016 at 6:19pm Reply

  • Michelle: Is that 3x28oz cans of tomato or 3 cans for 28oz total March 9, 2016 at 4:53am Reply

  • Brooke: I accidentally added the cream before hand, but I see now I used half and half instead of heavy cream. Can I just add the heavy cream after? Or is it ruined :( March 14, 2016 at 12:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for this late response, that may curdle a little because of the milk in the half and half. March 16, 2016 at 8:34pm Reply

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