Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Dinner, Soup | September 29, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup ~ juicy chicken, tender pasta and flavor-packed cheesy tomato broth topped with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs.

Some of the best recipe ideas come when I’m hungry or in need of a trip to the grocery store. In this case, I was both.

A quick fridge and pantry forage revealed I still had the 3-cheese ravioli I had planned to use for Air Fryer Ravioli as well as a jar of marinara, some chicken stock and a few other ingredients. 

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. It’s delicious, comforting, easily adaptable with the ingredients already on hand and practically goof-proof. So I loaded a few items into the slow cooker and sat back while it did its magic.

Bowl of soup topped with breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

“You know the thing about good food? It brings folks together from all walks of life. It warms them right up and it puts little smiles on their faces . . .” ~ The Princess and the Frog (Disney)

What’s in Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup?

Crispy Parmesan Breadcrumb topping:

  • butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (italian type used)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup:

Season both sides of  the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then add them to the slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and marinara over the top and stir lightly to combine.

Add the dry Italian seasoning and red wine again lightly stirring then cover and cook over low heat about 6-7 hours or on high 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker, turn the slow cooker to high and add the ravioli. Cover and cook 8 minutes or until the ravioli is tender then fold in the shredded mozzarella.

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and return it to the soup giving it a light stir to combine. 

How to make the crispy parmesan breadcrumb topping:

To make the crispy parmesan breadcrumbs melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook 4-5 minutes stirring frequently until the crumbs are golden then remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. If you can’t find the Italian type panko breadcrumbs, original works well, too. 

Panko type breadcrumbs gives it a nice crispy topping – a great balance to the cheesy soup.

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs

Let’s serve the Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup:

Add a couple of generous ladles of soup to a bowl. Top with crispy, parmesan breadcrumbs and eat right away. I like fresh bread or rolls with it as well. 

Optional additional toppings:

  1. extra parmesan cheese
  2. fresh basil

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Can I use different pasta?

Yes. You can use any short pasta you may have on hand like penne, ziti or even elbow. Follow the same directions but note they will take slightly longer to cook than fresh ravioli.

Enjoy!

My current top 3 soup recipes

Slow Cooker (or stovetop 30 Minute option) Lasagna Soup: Make it in the slow cooker simmering all day or on the stove top in just 30 minutes. Fresh sliced mushrooms and spinach, lasagna noodles and ground beef in delicious tomato broth. Each bowl is topped with more mozzarella and ricotta cheese.

Bean with Bacon Soup: You can make this soup with or without a ham bone. Hearty, packed with beans plus bacon for incredible flavor. You can’t get flavor like this from a can. 

French Onion Soup: Caramelized onions in rich, flavor-loaded beef-wine broth topped with toasted croutons and gooey, melted Gruyere cheese.

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

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Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup ~ all the flavors of the classic dish plus pasta in a flavor-packed cheesy tomato broth topped with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs.
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CourseMain Course, Soup
CuisineAmerican
Keywordchicken parm soup, slow cooker soup, slow cooker chicken parm soup
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Servings5
Calories714kcal

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 24 ounce (approx) jar marinara sauce Prego Farmer's Mkt Tomato Basil OR your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine cabernet used
  • 9 ounces 3 cheese ravioli fresh Buitoni used
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella shredded

Crispy Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs Italian flavored used
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

Chicken Parm Soup:

  • Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then add them to the slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and marinara over the top and stir lightly to combine.
  • Add the dry Italian seasoning and red wine again lightly stirring then cover and cook over low heat about 6-7 hours or on high 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker, turn the slow cooker to high and add the ravioli. Cover and cook 8 minutes or until the ravioli is tender then gently fold in the shredded mozzarella.
  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and return it to the soup, stirring to combine.

Crispy Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping:

  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook 4-5 minutes stirring frequently until the crumbs are golden then remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.
  • Ladle soup into bowls. Top with a sprinkle of crispy, parmesan breadcrumbs and eat right away. Optional: serve with fresh bread or rolls.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 714 Calories from Fat 283
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.4g48%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 1960mg85%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 6.3g26%
Sugar 13.8g15%
Protein 47.4g95%
Calcium 404mg40%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

This is a very forgiving recipe. Slightly more or less chicken and a slight variance in the amount of marinara still works well. 

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