Dec 28, 2019
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This Parmesan Chicken soup is a flavorful twist on the classic pasta dish and made in the slow cooker for an easy meal you can enjoy any day of the week.
You’re going to want seconds!
Soup is one of my favorite meals to make, and this is a one-bowl wonder thanks to the slow cooker! All you need is a few pantry staples and that pound of chicken from the freezer, and you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you to get home.
If you love this soup recipe, then you’re sure to love the slow cooker version of Chicken Parmesan. It’s chicken cutlets slow-cooked with cheese, tomato sauce, and breadcrumbs without all the breading and frying.
Is Chicken Parmesan Soup Healthy?
It’s real food made at home and yes, a much more wholesome choice than takeout or the drive-thru.
This soup is an incredible comfort food dinner you can make in the slow cooker with pasta, canned diced tomatoes, chicken broth, chicken breasts, and cheese. While it’s not low-carb, paleo, keto (and it doesn’t have to be any of those to be healthy), it’s home-cooked with real, fresh ingredients, and to me, that’s what counts.
Grab your slow cooker, and let’s get to the recipe! First, you’ll want to check the fridge for:
- Chicken – boneless, skinless breast or thighs
- Parmesan cheese
- Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Now check the pantry for:
- Garlic – the powder kind will do
- Tomato paste
- Diced tomatoes
- Chicken broth
- Italian seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- Penne pasta – or any shelled kind
How To Make Parmesan Chicken Soup
Now that you have your ingredients, you’re just four simple steps away from this epic soup.
- Combine Everything in the Slow Cooker
Excluding the pasta and cheeses, those go in last.
- Cover and Cook
Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook the soup on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- Time to Add the Pasta and Cheese
Once the chicken is cooked through, stir in the pasta and most of the cheese. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- Soups on!
Time to ladle the soup into a bowl, top with remaining Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Related: More Soup Dinner Ideas
Frozen Chicken or Pre-cooked?
I love this question because you can use both!! If you’re short on time, a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or leftover chopped grilled chicken can cut this recipe into a 30-minute stove-top meal.
If you plan to use frozen chicken, make sure to defrost it before adding to the slow cooker. In case you are reading this, 3 hours before dinner, here are three easy methods to defrost chicken safely, *hint- the 2nd and 3rd option are your best choice.
Now let’s talk about how we can make this on the stove-top:
Heat some olive oil to a large soup pot or dutch oven. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, stir in the seasonings and tomato paste, and saute for an additional minute.
- Add the pasta…
along with the broth and diced tomatoes, stir to combine and bring to a boil before reducing the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
- Stir in the chicken and cheese
Add the cooked, chopped chicken and part of the cheese to the soup. Stir and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes or until the soup thickens and the chicken is heated through.
- Dish up!
Grab a bowl, fill it with soup, and top with cheese. Congratulations, you’re ready to eat!
Best Herbs and Spices
This is an Italian inspired soup, so stick with your favorite Italian seasoning blend with basil, thyme, and oregano. Also, fresh chopped basil for topping would be divine!
Slow Cooker Soup Tips
We have a lot of slow cooker soups around here so I’d like to go ahead and share the best tips for making perfect soup in the slow cooker, every time:
1. Make sure you start right
Some ingredients hold up better during long periods of cooking without getting soggy. Here’s a general list of items you can add at the beginning of the recipe:
- Vegetables – Onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, and tomatoes- both fresh and canned
- Pantry – broth, spices, seasonings
- Meat – chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, pork, beef, and turkey.
2. Finish it off
30 minutes before serving, and THEN you can toss in these items:
- Vegetables – peas, corn, canned beans, zucchini, and spinach.
- Pantry – pasta, rice, and quinoa
- Dairy – cheese, milk, cream, half & half, and coconut milk
- Protein – seafood such as shrimp or fish
3. Chop ingredients in uniform size
Everything will cook evenly, and no one will get a spoonful of raw chicken and overcooked carrot.
4. There’s an order
You might have never thought about the order to place ingredients in a slow cooker, but there is a method! Longer cooking items such as meat and vegetables do best when they are placed first, they’ll be closer to the heat and cook evenly.
5. Cook time
While it’s tempting to turn up the heat and cook that pot roast in 2 hours- don’t. Items like roasts, chili, stews, and cuts of pork and beef are best when slow-cooked. The meat will retain moisture and turn out tender, while the stews and chili thicken.
Everything else like soups, ground beef, or shredded chicken, like this recipe, can be cooked on high, no problem.
Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken Soup
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound chicken breasts boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 1 ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
- ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese divided
- To a slow cooker, add the onion, garlic, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, chicken breasts, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes — cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
- In the last 30 minutes, add the pasta, 1 ¼ cups Parmesan cheese, and ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese to the slow cooker. Stir to combine ingredients, cover, and cook for 25-30 minutes, until pasta is ready.
- To serve, fill bowls and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.
Hi Laura. I’m thinking of making this in the electric pressure cooker. Have you tried that yet? I think sauté the onions and chicken pieces first, adding in the remaining spices and seasonings with tomato paste for a quick stir. Then deglaze the pot with the broth and add the pasta on top making sure each noodle is in liquid and then pressure cooking for 10 minutes and add cheese after cooking is done. Feedback?
Hi Karissa, I haven’t done this recipe in the pressure cooker but if I did, that’s about what I would do too. I’m not sure about the cooking time of pasta, since I’ve never (gasp!) made pasta in the pressure cooker. But alas, everything else should be good!