This spicy tomato parmesan soup is easy to make and a hit with the whole family!
Sorry for the radio silence lately.
I’ve been working my way through a behind-the-scenes blog class. A little continuing education, if you will. I’ve also decided, I could never do a cyber school. I neeeeed a teacher in front of me assigning homework and checking in. Classmates are always fun too. But, I’m still plugging away at this class and making some good progress even if the extrovert side of my personality is furious at me right now.
I also took a photography class that just ended on Tuesday. I HIGHLY recommend finding a local one in your area if you have any interest in improving your photography skills! This was a great fit for me. A small class (I think there were about 14 of us), with a local, well-known photographer in his studio. We met every Tuesday in Feb. for 1.5 hours (although it usually turned into more like 2 hours). The entire class for the whole month was only $35 and I learned SO much!! (pay no attention to the pictures in this post. They were taken a month ago!) Hopefully you’ll be able to notice the difference in my pictures soon, but either way, I feel much more confident and know lots of fancy terms!
And then there’s been our living room painting project. Yep, that’s taken up some time. Buuuut, we’re nearly done!! I will share after pictures soon, hopefully next week once we get everything put back into place. After a mild panic attack when we started, I’m LOVING it now. Although, I may have to paint the mantel before I show you the afters… (shhh!! We aren’t mentioning this to my husband yet. By tomorrow he’ll be ready to hear it!)
So with all the nutso, craziness, mayhem of life this past month, it was nice to have some freezer meals to pull out for easy dinners!
This spicy tomato parmesan soup is a favorite of all 4 of ours and freezes beautifully! I usually double this recipe so I have enough to freeze. A double batch of this recipe is enough for 3 meals for my family of 4- we eat one right away and save 2 batches for later. I use the same freezing technique that I use for my homemade spaghetti sauce and then it thaws quickly too if you forgot to pull something out the night before. Just set the whole sealed bag in a sink of cold water and it will thaw in no time. We wash and re-use these bags as well since there was no raw meat in it!
Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup
- 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 cup finely diced carrots
- 1 cup finely diced onions
- 1 cup finely diced celery
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dry basil
- Sriracha to taste (I probably add 1-2 tbsp. but you should check so it isn't too hot)
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup flour
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1½ cups half and half I've used milk before and it is still great!
- cheddar cheese optional
Add diced tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, tomato paste, chicken broth, oregano, basil and sriracha to your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
About 30 minutes before the soup is ready, prepare a roux. Melt the butter over medium low heat in a skillet and then add the flour. Whisk together constantly for about 10 minutes or until the roux is a nice golden brown color. Slowly add 1 cup of the soup from the slow cooker to the roux–it will start to thicken. Gradually add another 3 cups of warm soup to the roux. Whisk together until smooth. Add the roux mixture to the slow cooker and blend well.
Stir in the Parmesan cheese and half and half. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
Pour soup into blender (you will need to do this in batches). Purée until smooth.
We pour ours into soup crocks, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and then lightly broil (watching it the whole time). This step is completely optional!
If you are freezing, wait until soup has cooled completely before pouring into freezer bags.
See more tips on how I plan my freezer meals and how I pour soup into freezer bags without spilling anything!!
Here’s my technique for freezing soups, spaghetti sauces and other liquids!