A rich & creamy soup that will get you tons of compliments. Serve by itself or with grilled cheese sandwiches for a comforting & appetizing meal.
I've also included stovetop directions for your convenience if you don't have a slow cooker or you just don't want to wait 5-7 hours. On the stove it takes under an hour!
In a large crockpot, combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, bay leaf, oregano, and basil. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
About an hour before serving prepare a roux: Melt butter and whisk in flour until smooth. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup from the slow cooker. Add another 3 cups soup and stir until smooth.
Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add Parmesan cheese, warmed half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for another hour until ready to serve. Serve with fresh hot bread.
Makes about 2 quarts
Heat oil in 4 quart soup pot. Add celery, onions and carrots. Saute 5 minutes. Add basil, oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender (15 minutes).
While soup simmers, prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat, add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add back into soup pot.
Simmer, stirring constantly, until soup begins to thicken. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk to blend. Stir warmed half and half, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If you wanted to make it a bit healthier, you could leave out the half and half and put skim milk or evaporated milk in. I've tried that before and it has turned out fine...just not as rich and fattening.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (794g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 1069 (65%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 118.8g||158 %|
|Saturated Fat 42.9g||215 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 45.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 20.8g|
|Cholesterol 538mg||166 %|
|Sodium 622.3mg||21 %|
|Potassium 1413.5mg||37 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 17.9g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.9g||4 %|
|Sugars, other 17g|
|Protein 119.4g||171 %|
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Calories per serving: 1641
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