Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup - All of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan in a waistline-friendly crockpot soup! Takes just minutes to prep.

Have you ever accidentally made enough food to feed a small army? Mind you, my family is not a small army. There’s just my husband and I, and our pooch (but dogs can’t eat soup). But there I was, with a slow cooker bubbling over with FOURTEEN CUPS of soup. Um, oops.

I think the problem stems from the fact that when I make soups, I don’t start out with any measurements in mind. I just throw stuff in, eyeballing it as I go, and at the end, realize how much the ingredients have really added up. I also have a very large slow cooker (in addition to a smaller crockpot). I normally use this large one for parties where I’m serving a big batch of chili or meatballs or something. But somehow, this soup got made in the large one, and now my freezer is full of this stuff. I was able to give some of it away, but we’ll still be eating it until mid-July probably!

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup - All of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan in a waistline-friendly crockpot soup! Takes just minutes to prep.

“Slowly Bringing In The New Year” is the theme of this week’s #SundaySupper, hosted by Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. Believe it or not, even those my freezer is brimming with soup, I can’t wait to discover more slow cookin’ recipes to get me through this frigid (!!!) Michigan winter. Maybe I can even practice my “making an appropriate amount of food for two people” skills. Or, I could just buy an extra freezer. Hmmm.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup - All of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan in a waistline-friendly crockpot soup! Takes just minutes to prep.

The good news is that I really won’t mind eating this soup for the next few months. It has all of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan, but in a more waist-friendly vehicle. Chicken broth and crushed tomatoes are simmered with garlic, onion, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes for an aromatic base. Shredded lean chicken breast, green bell pepper and gemelli pasta fill you up. And everything is topped with a little cheese, of course.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup - All of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan in a waistline-friendly crockpot soup! Takes just minutes to prep.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Yield: about 6 cups

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
  • 4 ounces uncooked dry gemelli or penne pasta
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish


  1. In slow cooker, stir together garlic, bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, chicken, broth, onion, 1/3 cup cheese, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cook on high 3-1/2 hours or on low 7 hours.
  2. Transfer chicken breasts to cutting board and coarsely shred; return to slow cooker. Stir in pasta. Cook on high 30 minutes longer or until pasta is cooked al dente.
  3. Serve garnished with extra Parmesan cheese and chopped basil or parsley.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog

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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

    I would love to have a freezer filled with this soup! Love that you have two crock pots – I have a large and a small (for oatmeal and such)…and will be getting an extra large so soon I’ll have an entire family!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hehe, a family of crockpots. Love it.

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  • Cindys Recipes

    Been there Lori. When I had to learn to cook again for two, it always turned out enough for three. Not enough for another meal and too little to freeze!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I’ve been cooking for 2 for about 10 years now, and I still don’t think I’ve ever successfully made a meal without any leftovers. But we don’t mind – it gives us a lunch for the next day!

  • Renee Goerger

    I ALWAYS cook enough for a small army and I can’t seem to stop myself, either. LOL! I’d be thrilled to have all of the leftovers of this soup that you have. It looks SO tasty!!!
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Renee! Army cookin’ is the way to go :)

  • L.A. Brown

    I love the opening to this post because, yes, I’ve accidentally done that. And yes it’s just me and the hubs and two dogs. Great looking soup, nice cooking with you on #SS

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks L.A.!

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  • Liz

    Lori, your chicken soup is packed full of delicousness! YUM!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thank you, Liz!

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  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    This looks terrific! A couple months ago I made Eggplant Parmesan Soup for #SS, and it tasted just like eggplant parm but easier to make and easier on the waistline, like yours. I love chicken parmesan too, so I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh, Eggplant Parm soup sounds GREAT. Off to check it out!

  • mommasangelbaby

    Send some my way!! If only that were practical! This sounds delicious, and since you sending me some isn’t really practical, I guess I’ll just have to make some of my own. Thanks so much for sharing this deilicious sounding recipe & HUGS!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I’m telling you, if Amazon ever gets those delivery drones up and running, food bloggers will be next. I think we’d all love to be able to instantly send food to each other!

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  • Tammi

    Lori this looks amazing!! I HAVE to try this, and then freeze it, and have it all winter long! It’s pretty Frigid here in NH too!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Tammi, enjoy!

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  • debattinella

    This looks great and would be fantastic today… our temps are negative and the governor already called off school in the entire state of MN tomorrow! Pinning to make soon!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Sounds like MN does it the smart way. Here in MI, they just close each school individually, so the ticker at the bottom of the news station runs through, literally, THOUSANDS of closings. Makes more sense to just close them all by the governor!

  • Shaina Wizov

    Totally not a bad thing to have your freezer stocked with this soup, it looks delicious!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Shaina!

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  • Wendy

    We’re a two-person, two-feline household…I also end up with tons of leftovers! Thankfully, my hubby will eat soup two nights in a row…and I can freeze some for an “I don’t wanna cook” night. This soup looks fantastic…must make. My new slow cooker has earned a spot on the counter instead of inside a dark cabinet, so I’m planning to use it often!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      That’s awesome, Wendy. My hubby is pretty agreeable about eating the same meal two days in a row, too. Makes life easier!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    I LOVE this! I make giant pots of soup all the time and end up having to freeze 3/4 of it…or eat it for every meal until we’re so sick of it we could scream. HA! I’m definitely pinning this one. It look fabulous!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Haha, “until we’re both so sick of it we could scream.” Oh, have I been there.

  • Constance

    YUM!!! That looks fantastic.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Conni!

  • The Ninja Baker

    You may have enough to feed a small army, Lori…But, if you invite friends over, my guess your soup dilemma will be solved…But then again, you might miss this most delicious looking chicken park soup…Of course, I’ve saved the recipe for future family / friend get-togethers =)

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hehe yeah, I should have just invited everybody over for a big soup party!

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  • Tara

    Looks fantastic Lori, I always make too much too but I do provide dinner for my MIL and I love to have something in the freezer for later. I could take some off your hands gladly!!!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      That’s great, Tara. Sometimes, I wish we had relatives that lived closer so I could give more leftovers away. I am seeing my mom this weekend though, and plan to take her a big bag of frozen soups.

  • Aysegul

    Lori, this looks amazing! I am the same way when making soup. Always end up with a ton of soup.. :)

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I think it’s impossible to make a small batch of soup! Seriously!

  • Family Foodie

    I love how hearty this soup is! It looks absolutely delicious! Such a great idea to make Chicken Parm into a soup… yum!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Isabel!

  • Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks

    Chicken Parmesan as a soup? Yes please!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thank you :)

  • cupcakekalechip

    Love this! My huby claims soup isn’t a meal but I think this would convince him otherwise!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Haha, I think most men claim it isn’t a meal! I make my husband eat it anyway!

  • Tammy @

    I have a similar problem with all recipes- making too much that is. We have six children but only one is still at home. We’re still adjusting. Your soup looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Sounds like you have a freezer stocked with leftovers too, Tammy! Honestly, it could be worse :)

  • littleredkitchen

    You can send a little soup to me. I’ll happily take a bit of this off your hands.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I’m telling you, when Amazon gets those delivery drones up and running, food bloggers are going to be the next to start using them. Could you imagine how amazing it would be if we could actually send each other food?!?

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  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    Mmmmm…gemelli pasta!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      It’s my favorite shape, Dorothy!

  • Renee Dobbs

    I’d certainly eat this soup over and over again until July and beyond. I have the same problem when I make some soups too. I’ll have a freezer packed with it since it is just the two of us and our hounds.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Yep, just realized that two whole shelves in my freezer are devoted to frozen soups! We have lunches all set for a few months!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    Totally with you on cooking for an army. That’s the way my mom always cooked (even for 4 of us), but she was raised in a house of 13, so it’s understandable. I’m getting better, but sometimes old habits come back, and my husband and I have leftovers for two weeks, in addition to a freezer full!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Wow, a house of 13! I bet it was nearly impossible for your mom to learn to cook smaller batches of food! I think part of my problem may have been culinary school, too. We cooked large batches of everything!

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  • Tosha

    Silly question…but is the pasta cooked before you add it to the crockpot? This looks delicious and pretty simple to make!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Not silly at all, Tosha. I should have specified, and will go edit the recipe right now to make sure it’s clear for the future. It is dry, uncooked pasta. It should cook in about 30 minutes in a slow cooker. Different shapes of pasta may take a little bit longer, but just taste it after 30 to see if it’s fully cooked :)

  • Bri

    Looks so good! I can’t eat wheat, do you think it would work if I put quinoa in at the end instead of pasta?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh yes, Bri – quinoa would work great. Or barley, or farro, or just about any grain, really. Enjoy!

  • Amanda

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I signed up to bring a crockpot soup to church this Sunday and wanted to bring something “different” than the usual and this recipe screams delishious! I would consider myself a ‘baker’ and not so much a ‘cooker,’ cooking just doesn’t come natural for me and is slightly intimidating, so pardon my lack of common sense when it comes to crock pot cooking :) One question: once it has cooked on high for 4 hours, does it keep well on warm and not get soggy or overcooked? There is no telling how long it will sit on the buffet line in the fellowship hall on warm setting.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hi Amanda – oh yes, this soup will be just fine sitting warm for a few hours :) The pasta might get a little softer as time goes on, but most people won’t mind. It is a soup, after all, right? I hope it’s a big hit at your church. Good luck!

  • jocooksrecipes

    Yep, looks like we’re all crazy over our crockpots. I just got one myself for Christmas, an even bigger one, so I understand your pain of making only a couple servings, there’s no such thing! This soup looks delicious by the way. :)

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Jo! Enjoy your new crockpot. Can’t wait to see what you make with it :)

  • brittgren

    Crazy question….do you put the chicken in raw to cook or cook then shred before you put in?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hi Britt – The chicken goes in raw at the beginning. It should be fully cooked by the time (30 minutes before the end) you pull it out to shred it.

  • Lindsey

    So it freezes ok with the pasta and everything, right?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Yep! My parents just ate some of this soup for dinner tonight, that had been frozen and re-heated. They said it was good :)

  • Shannon

    This looks delicious! Im sort of a new cook, and i always go by the just wondering, you cook the pasta separately before combining the final product right?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hi Shannon! No, the pasta goes into the slow cooker as dry, uncooked pasta. You add it 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time of the soup, and the slow cooker will cook it! Hope it turns out great!

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  • Michelle @ Taste As You Go

    I’ve been looking for new slow-cooker recipes, and this soup looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks so much, Michelle!

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  • MichelleMom

    Uh oh, i’m in the midst of making this and I used GRATED parm cheese not SHREDDED- is it going to be ok?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh yes, Michellle, it’s going to be just fine! Enjoy!

  • Less

    That soup looks great. I will have to try it out.

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  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    Hey Lori- I’m thinking of making this for my community group on Thursday night. I was curious about the pasta though. It says it’s uncooked and you stir it in at the end. Do you just let it cook in the sauce for another 30 minutes or something? Just wondering how the pasta cooks! Thanks!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hi Courtney! Yep, you stir in the uncooked pasta 30 minutes from the end of the cooking time. It’ll cook through in that 30 minutes (or about 30, depending on what shape pasta you use).

      Hmmmm…I think the recipe is unclear, because I’ve had A LOT of questions about this part of it. Any suggestions on what might have made it easier to understand?

      • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

        Oh wait, I think I see the problem. I’m going to revise to make it more clear right now :)

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood

        Thanks Lori! I just reread it and it’s much clearer now! That’s what I figured from the original recipe, but I just wasn’t sure. It’s great now!

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  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

    Oops! I’ve totally done stuff like that so many times, and it hasn’t always worked out as well for me. Haha. So glad it was tasty anyway, and now I know I can make a crockpot pasta if I use a whole box :) Thanks so much for stopping by and telling me about it!

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  • Summertime Melissa

    Oh man! This was good. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. It is going to be added to my regular rotation. I heart my crockpot and cheese so this is the perfect recipe for me.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      So glad to hear that you liked it, Melissa! Thanks again for linking to me!

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  • Kylee

    Ok So I’m a beginner so excuse my cluelessness. I bought uncooked chicken obviously I should cook it before putting it in the soup. Howe should I do that?

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hi Kylee! No excusing needed :) You put the chicken in raw – the slow cooker will cook it for you!

  • Jim Price

    I will use boneless, skinless thighs.