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Slow Cooker Basil and Tomato Tortellini Soup

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Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup with Basil is creamy and delicious with a minimum amount of prep-work and a maximum amount of comfort!

Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup in the crock pot that is creamy and delicious with a minimum amount of prep-work and a maximum amount of comfort! 
tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini in bowl with spoon, topped with cheese and fresh basil


bowl of soup with cheese tortellini

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Nothing says “comforting meal” during the fall and winter like a big bowl of soup. But often soups and stews take about an hour to make from start to finish, and busy weeknights make it hard to fit that in.



Enter the crock pot!! Dumping everything in the slow cooker  in the morning and having an easy dinner ready for you is literally a huge life saver – especially when you are having to hustle between school and evenings activities.


bowl of slow cooker tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini


I wanted to create an easy tomato basil soup in the slow cooker  and make it almost effortless. A lot of recipes call for finely chopping your veggies before you add them into the crock pot – but honesty, who has time to do that?

The morning hours are crazy enough without having to wake up 30 minutes early so you can perfectly dice your veggies.


spoon puling cheese tortellini out of bowl of soup

Another method some people recommend is to rough chop things in the morning, and then use a blender before you serve to make your soup as smooth as silk.


This sounds awesome in theory, but have you ever tried to blend boiling hot soup with small children attached to your hip? Maybe its just me, but seriously – this is a recipe for disaster. I always make a giant mess, and I always fling soup the temperature of lava all over my clothes, my counters, and the kitchen rug (it used to be white, by the way. It’s not anymore).


No, thank you!


overhead view of bowl of tomato soup with cheese tortellini and basil

My easy solution —-  use a food processor like a Magic Bullet!! Using the chop or puree setting to finely dice your onions, celery and carrots into tiny pieces not only cuts down on all that prep work, but it also makes the blending unnecessary.

The nice thing about this is you can also make the veggies as finely diced, or pureed, as you want with just a few pushes of a button.


bowl of soup with tomatoes and cheese tortellini


Then right before you eat, make a quick roux to help thicken up your soup and give you a nice consistency – add a few more ingredients and you are ready to eat! Homemade Tomato Tortellini Soup  with a small amount of work, and the max amount of flavor!


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tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini in bowl with spoon, topped with cheese and fresh basil

Slow Cooker Basil and Tomato Tortellini Soup

Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup in the crock pot that is creamy and delicious with a minimum amount of prep-work and a maximum amount of comfort! 
4.50 from 18 votes
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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Jenni



  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • fresh parmesan or shredded italian cheese blend


  • Use a food processor to finely dice/puree the onion, carrot and celery (you may have to do these separately depending on the size of your food processor).
  • Place the pureed veggies into the crock pot along with the tomatoes chicken broth.
  • Put the lid on and allow to cook for 7 hours on low.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter on medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour until well combined, and continue to whisk for 1 minute.
  • Take out about 1.5 cups of the hot stock out of the crock pot and slowly, 1/4 cup of a time, whisk into the flour in the skillet. Whisk one addition completely in before adding the next 1/4 cup.
  • When all the stock has been added, allow to cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Transfer this into the crock pot and add the cheese tortellini with the oregano and salt and pepper.
  • Place the lid on and allow to cook for about 15 minutes more.
  • Stir in the fresh chopped basil before serving.
  • Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese or shredded italian cheeses.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g


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    1. Can I cook this on high? If so for how long?

      1. Hi Jennifer! You totally can cook this on high heat! At this temperature, cook it for 3-4 hours.

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  3. What changes might you make to do this in a Dutch Oven? (No crock pot, unfortunately, so I’d make on a Sunday)

    1. You can totally make this on the stovetop!! Just simmer until heated through!

  4. Super delicious! I used a submersible hand blender to puree the veggies after they had cooked, and instead of making the roux, I just put in a cup of heavy cream with the tortellini. I made it for a gathering with some friends and it was a hit. Thank you! I will definitely make this again.

  5. This sounds so delicious. It’s like pizza in a bowl. I love ooye gooey cheesy so this has my name all over it.

  6. After a cold and snowy day like today, I could definitely go for a hot bowl of this soup!

  7. This looks yummy but I only have a 4 quart crock pot. How could I adjust the recipe so that I could make it??

    1. Hey Beau! I would just reduce everything by half and make enough for 3-4 servings instead of 6-8! That would fit perfectly in your 4 quart!

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