We those tiny cans of tomato sauce are on sale, I stock up. This recipe is the reason I will never turn down a sale on tomato sauce cans. Slow cooker Italian tomato soup is one of the easiest things to make. Plus, there are so many ways to make it spectacular (I listed them below). Whether you have it as a side of an elaborate meal, or serve up a hearty bowl of it, your family won’t get enough of this slow cooker Italian tomato soup.
Slow Cooker Italian Tomato Soup
4 8oz cans of tomato sauce
1 12oz can chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional, but recommended)
Open all cans.
Dump in your slow cooker.
Drop in the bay leaves and all seasonings.
Turn on low for 6 hours, or high for 3 hours.
Take out bay leaves before serving.
So easy! Now, here’s the fun part: This basic soup is great with any add-ins you want. Want pizza soup? Chop up pepperoni and stir it in. Top each bowl with shredded mozzarella and parmesan, if you have it. We stir in the cheese once we sit down to eat, so it’s nice and gooey.
Have leftover rice? Stir that into the soup once it’s done cooking. This is a favorite around here.
Have half a box of noodles in the pantry? Add to the soup during the last half an hour of cooking.
Want to make it a mexican soup instead? Replace the italian seasoning with chili powder and a bit of cumin. Top with shredded cheddar and crumble up tortilla chips for garnish. Yum!
Don’t have cans of tomato sauce, but you have plenty of spaghetti sauce? Use it! Sometimes I use a jar of garden veggie sauce in place of the cans. It instantly adds more veggies to our meal, and it tastes great.
Hope you like the recipe!