Slow cooker tomato & pasta soup

Is it just me, or has Facebook become increasingly bossy? My feed is inundated with THINGS I MUST DO: 9 photos every mother should have on her phone. 22 things to do with your kids before they move out. 5 essentials for their daily lunchbox. 15 foods to stop eating IMMEDIATELY. 17 tips for a loving marriage. 8 ways to express gratitude to your children. 18 things to do with old socks. 101 tips for a fulfilling life…. etc etc etc etc

All of which leaves me exhausted, harangued and vaguely guilty (since I’ve only got 3 photos, 15 things done, 2 lunchbox essentials, 5 foods I won’t eat, 12 more things needed for my marriage to be a success, all my old socks go straight into the rubbish and I never finished reading about everything needed for fulfillment).

So this post isn’t bossy at all. It’s just one way, which happens to be a really easy way, to make tomato soup that is very kid friendly and easily jazzed up to be delicious for grown ups too. The slow cooker makes it insanely simple.

Make it if you want – or don’t. Totally up to you.

vegie smugglers slow cooker tomato and pasta soup

Only one idea here, but it is a nice easy one.

Slow cooker tomato & pasta soup

1 1/2 litres vegetable stock
800g can crushed tomatoes
1 large tomato (or two roma tomatoes), diced
1 red onion, diced
1 red capsicum, diced
1 large carrot, peeled, diced
1 clove garlic, peeled, chopped into a few pieces
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup risoni soup pasta (stick to small pasta that cooks in under 8-9 minutes to avoid a starchy mess – the pasta in the picture is the biggest I’d try)

Place everything, except the pasta, into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours (it’s actually ready after 6, but cooking it for longer to suit your day’s schedule won’t be a problem).

Use a stick blender to blitz your soup up to a smooth consistency. Toss in the pasta. Stir well and recover. Leave for 25-30 minutes until your pasta is cooked.

Serve with bread, grilled cheese on toast, or adults might like a scattering of parsley, basil, chopped fresh tomato, feta and olives.

Serves 2 adults and 3-4 kids


9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Barbara Good said,

    How about 16 ways to organise your laundry or 50 tips for budget home decorating (all involving some outrageously specific item picked up at an op shop for 50c) or 10 things you should be/should not be keeping in your fridge – contradictory of course! Give me cats in weird positions with funny captions any day!! By the way, soup looks great but where did you find those insanely cute pasta shapes?

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      oh yes! i forgot to add the DIY craft element to the bossy set of instructions!

      They’re hello kitty pastas – bought from Coles (see, no difficult, hard-to-find shopping instructions from me today, either!)

      • 3

        Barbara Good said,

        Coles hey? Who knew? I shall go on a mission, having two very keen Hello Kitty fans at home this might just make dinner time a little less frustrating…… maybe.

  2. 4

    Di-licious said,

    Sadly they’ve all read to many “5 best headlines ideas to guarantee traffic to your blog” posts. I am honestly immune to them now. This soup however might just tempt my tomato-hating, 6 yo Hello Kitty fan into eating a bowl of nourishing soup this week. Thanks!

  3. 6

    Mrs P said,

    This is what I call winning! Thanks for the scrumptious recipe and the lack of bossiness. I get enough of that from the four year old!

  4. 8

    rooey5 said,

    Ooh this would be perfect for Wee Dude’s gluten free alphabet pasta!

  5. 9

    Misty said,

    This was delicious and simple, and my two year old who eats nothing gobbled it up! Thanks!

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