Make an easy Chicken Parmesan Soup in the crockpot on cold fall and winter nights. Or when craving a comforting and hearty Italian dinner. Chicken parmesan soup is flavored with a parmesan tomato broth and spiced with Italian seasonings. Top it with crusty croutons and melted cheese, and you've got a mouth-watering unraveled chicken parmesan dinner!
You know a new recipe is a winner when your 5 year old tells you she wants to "eat it everyday until I'm a grown up!" And you're husband whos not a huge soup lover tells you that it's next level.
And I think you'll agree that this easy chicken parmesan crockpot soup recipe is amazing. It tastes exactly like you're eating a chicken parmesan pasta dinner!
Chicken parmesan soup is flavored with crushed and diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. That's all you need to create a mouth-watering comforting soup that the whole family will love.
We love this new crockpot soup's incredible flavor, and we love how simple it is to make.
It's proven that soup tastes better when it's easy to make. 😃
There are no tricks or strategies needed to replicate this recipe, making it perfect for the everyday home cook.
Easy crockpot soup recipes like this one are perfect for busy weeks during the holiday season. They are wonderful on cool fall days and cold winter nights.
The crockpot is one an item that every homecook, busy parent, and not-so-great-at-cooking folk need to have. I have a Crock-Pot that has lasted 15 years so far, and it's listed on Amazon for just $45.00. For all the use I've gotten out of my crockpot, I'd say that is an investment well worth it.
It's a must for my crockpot recipes to include minimal chopping, peeling, and grating during preparation. The more ingredients we can take from the pantry and fridge and dump straight into the crockpot, the better.
This easy chicken parmesan soup recipe is one of these recipes. The only preparation required is slicing an onion and chopping garlic cloves.
Ingredients and Substitutions
To make crockpot chicken parmesan soup you need:
- large chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
- can of crushed tomatoes
- can of diced tomatoes
- chicken broth
- diced onion
- minced garlic
- Italian seasoning
- grated parmesan cheese
- short pasta, such as shells, cavatappi, elbows
- salt + pepper
- fresh mozzarella or shredded mozzarella
- Italian croutons
You can use fresh or frozen chicken breasts. Either one will both fully cook in 6 hours time.
For the tomatoes, use your favorite brand of crushed tomatoes and Italian style diced tomatoes.
You can also use premade chicken broth, chicken stock, or chicken bouillon cubes and water. The difference in taste will not be enough to make a significant impact on the outcome.
Additionally, you have a few options for the type of cheese you choose. This chicken parmesan soup uses 2 kinds of parmesan: grated and shredded. The grated parmesan is added to the broth and the shredded is used to top the soup for serving. Make sure not to use shredded parmesan in the broth because it doesn't melt well and becomes stringy.
The mozzarella cheese is specifically for serving and is not added to the broth, as it also becomes stringy when melted. You can use fresh or shredded mozzarella, or a combination of both.
I like to top my chicken parmesan soup with croutons, fresh mozzarella cubes and shredded parmesan. My husband prefers to top his with croutons and shredded parmesan and shredded mozzarella. He also like to broil it for a few minutes in the toaster to melt the cheese on the croutons.
How To Make It Kid-Friendly
Crockpot chicken parmesan soup is already kid-friendly, but there are 3 things you can do to make it even more so:
- Cut the chicken into small kid-sized pieces
- Use petite diced tomatoes
- Choose a short pasta they find exciting, like wagon wheels, shells or bowties
My kids prefer to eat their chicken parm soup topped with just mozzarella cheese cubes and lots of saltines for dipping. Either way you choose to complete your soup, it will taste amazing!
We are a family who likes to have options when we sit down at the dinner table. We get that no one likes everything and we all might like our dinner served a slightly different way.
And when the kids get to feel like part of the decision-making, even if it's something as simple as picking their soup toppings, they are more likely to want to eat!
Crockpot chicken parmesan soup is made in 3 simple steps.
- Add the chicken breasts, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese to the slow cooker. Give it a good stir and set to high for 6 hours.
- When there are 30 minutes remaining, remove the chicken breasts and cut into cubes or shred with a fork. Return to the soup.
- Add the pasta shells and cook for the remaining 30 minutes.
Top each bowl with croutons, fresh mozzarella cubes or pearls, and shredded parmesan cheese.
Alternatively, top the bowls with croutons and cheese, and broil for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese until bubbly.
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Soup
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 large onion, diced
- 7 garlic cloves, minced
- 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Italian style croutons, for serving
- fresh mozzarella for serving
- shredded parmesan, for serving
- 8 oz pasta shells
- Add chicken breasts, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese to the slow cooker. Set to high for 6 hours.
- With 30 minutes left, remove the chicken breasts and cut into cubes or shred. Return to the soup. Add the pasta shells and cook for the remaining time.
- To serve, top with croutons, shredded parmesan and fresh mozzarella. Alternatively, toast the croutons with the cheese for cheesy croutons.
Serving and Storing
Crockpot chicken parmesan soup is a balanced and hearty dinner on it's own. It also pairs well with a simple garden salad.
Chicken parm soup keeps well in the fridge for around 1 week. The pasta my begin to break down before then, but it won't change the flavor of the soup.
This soup is also freezer-friendly and keeps well for around 6 months. Any longer than that and the pasta will turn to mush when defrosting.