Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

One of my goals for 2010 was to make sure that we stayed in touch with my and my husbands Nana’s more. We are both so lucky to still have a Nana each that our children have been able to meet, spend time with and get to know.

The preschooler, toddler and I have had lunch a number of times this year with Mr I’s Nana. She is such an amazing woman. At the age of 97, Nana still lives by herself and is happy to make us lunch when we come to visit! Recently we had tomato soup, my preschooler loved it and had been asking me to make it at home. (He still says pumpkin soup is his favourite though.)

I have been making Monday night soup night during winter anyway, so thought I would give a slow cooker recipe a try to make the tomato soup and it turned out beautifully. We have swimming Monday afternoon for an hour from 5.30pm, so we have an early dinner that I have prepared in advance and then the kids just have a snack after swimming. We essentially just swap the order of dinner and afternoon tea. I have found this a much easier way to run the evening time on nights like this. It means once we get home from swimming, we can go straight to bath and bed for the little ones, who very much need it.

If you have any slow cooker soup recipes you could recommend, I would love to hear about them. Feel free to leave links in the comments!

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1.75kgs tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 5 tbsps sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil shredded
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • Optional: 2 tbsps corn flour for thickening

Method:

  1. Place tomatoes, stock, onion, sugar, basil and Worcestershire sauce into slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or auto/low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly, then puree in batches.
  4. Pour the liquid back into the slow cooker and heat on high for 1-2 hours.
  5. If like me you prefer a thicker soup, 1 hour before serving mix the corn flour with about 1/4 cup water and add to the soup, stirring well.
  6. 15 minutes before serving add cream to soup and reheat.
  7. Serve with some lovely crusty bread and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Tomato Soup
 
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Recipe type: slow cooker
Ingredients:
  • 1.75kgs tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 5 tbsps sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil shredded
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup cream
  • Optional: 2 tbsps corn flour for thickening
Method:
  1. Place tomatoes, stock, onion, sugar, basil and Worcestershire sauce into slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or auto/low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly, then puree in batches.
  4. Pour the liquid back into the slow cooker and heat on high for 1-2 hours.
  5. If like me you prefer a thicker soup, 1 hour before serving mix the corn flour with about ¼ cup water and add to the soup, stirring well.
  6. minutes before serving add cream to soup and reheat.
  7. Serve with some lovely crusty bread and enjoy!

The Family Menu Plan For This Week

Baking: I am yet to try Lou’s fab Yo Yo Biscuit Recipe, so will try that this week.

Monday: Pumpkin Soup

Tuesday: Porcupine Meatballs

Wednesday: Left Overs

Thursday: Baked Penne With Bacon

Friday: Fried Rice

Saturday: Home Made Hamburgers And Salad

Sunday: Slow Cooked Roast Lamb

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

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Comments

  1. says

    Yum. I’m definitely going to give the tomato soup a try.

    Cauliflower soup is a firm fav. of hubby and myself, but the chili and garlic flavours are a bit strong for my girls fussy tastes

    http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/cauliflower-soup/

    Chicken and sweetcorn soup is a popular with all of us except Heidi – too many different things touching.
    http://leechbabe.wordpress.com/2007/03/15/chicken-sweet-corn-and-vegetable-soup/

    I make both in the slow cooker.

  2. Gin says

    We also have swimming at 5:30, and I too usually do a slow cooker meal on swimming days. Our routine is to have a shower, get into pyjamas and have a snack at the pool, so when we get home around 7 dinner is waiting for us and the kids can quickly eat, clean teeth and go to bed. If they fall asleep in the car on the way home we can just lift them straight into bed.

    In the summer I usually pack a picnic dinner (often zucchini slice and fruit) which we eat at the tables at the pool before coming home and going straight to bed. We’ve been known to go home the ‘long way’ to ensure we have 3 sleeping angels when we get home and thus a quiet evening ahead!

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