Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

This Slow Cooker Pizza Soup has so many wonderful flavors in one bowl of comfort food! Perfect on a chilly night!

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Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

Living in Chicago we are blessed with some of the best pizza on earth. I don’t want to hear from you New Yorkers about your folded over cardboard, haha, you’re not going to convince me or turn me to the dark side!

However, we have our own internal squabbles here in Chicago…which pizza place is better? And there are so many many places. I grew up eating Aurelio’s Pizza….and if we had one near where I live that’s what I would eat every Friday night!

Typically if my family craves deep dish pizza, we order from Giordano’s Pizza. It’s within walking distance to our house. But last week we got a Lou Malnati’s in our neighborhood. If you’re not from Chicago….and you just want the soup recipe, scroll on down. But, if you care about my pizza ramblings, keep reading!

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

So, we did what any hard core pizza lovers would do. We put them up for a taste test! One deep dish against the other. Here’s the results:

While I love the thick crust of Giordano’s deep dish, the buttery crust of Lou’s is irresistible. Lou’s won the crust category!

The thick layer of cheese on Giordano’s was hands down more flavorful and plentiful than Lou’s. They won for me, however my husband preferred Lou’s lighter cheese layer.

Finally, the sauce. I think Giordano’s uses more seasonings, while Lou’s tasted more like tomato paste. Giordano’s was the clear winner for sauce.

So…to sum up, this is my blog and my husbands vote doesn’t count….Giordano’s won the deep dish category!!

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

What does this have to do with today’s soup recipe? Absolutely nothing. Except if you’re not from Chicago and you want something that tastes delicious but isn’t going to try to pass itself off as authentic pizza, give this soup a try! Or, take a stab at making my homemade Deep Dish Pizza recipe! We agreed in our house that we prefer the homemade to both Lou’s and Giordano’s. Except for the fact that we have to make it ourselves.

I love soup this time of year. Especially when it can be made in the crockpot! That’s a double win in my book!

Today’s recipe is like a “SUPREME” pizza soup. But feel free to add/remove ingredients for your family’s tastes! I whipped up a side of Pillsbury breadsticks to enjoy and dunk in our soup. Perfect.

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

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Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

Cook Time: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 32oz beef broth
  • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4oz) diced green chilies
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 can (2.5oz) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup diced pepperoni slices
  • 1 can (4oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble Italian sausage over medium high heat. Remove and drain off fat.
  2. In a large crockpot, add all ingredients except the cheese. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, top each bowl with shredded cheese. ENJOY!

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Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

36 comments on “Slow Cooker Pizza Soup”

  1. This line: “this is my blog and my husbands vote doesn’t count”. You had me in stitches. How perfect. Love this soup. I have this with a slice of pizza on the side, please! 🙂

  2. This sounds amazing right about now! Pinned it!

  3. Pretty sure this is the BEST soup idea I’ve ever seen…. YUM 🙂

  4. I love love deep dish pizza! And the more cheese the better! This soup look really good, Aimee!

  5. All this pizza talk is killing me!! I’m on low carb diet right now…so thank goodness for this soup!

  6. This soup sounds like my family will love it!! I have to try your deep dish pizza!!!

  7. You crack me up, Aimee! I love a good pizza and feel as though I should travel to Chicago just to get one. Until then I’m going to enjoy this soup. I looks incredible!

  8. pizza in soup form…this is just genius! and I’m sure delicious, and this New Yorker has never had deep dish pizza, but now I am craving one

  9. My husband sometimes does commentary about what I can or should post. It is funny to have him so into it and at others times not so much.

  10. Darlene

    I completely agree about NY style pizza. One of the best things about living in the Chicago area (i’m in the southwest suburbs) is the great pizza. If you have one nearby I would recommend Beggar’s Pizza. Their regular (non-Chicago style) is a thin crust and it’s to die for. They have a Chicago style and a stuffed also, but my fave is the regular.

  11. Pam Sohan

    Oh. My. Gosh. I sooooooo miss Aurelios pizza !!!!!!!! I can still remember going tot he original one in Homewood. Living in South Texas good deep dish pizza is really hard to find, like non-existant. Once or twice a year we will order Lou Malneti’s thru the mail.

    Pinning the soup recipe.

  12. Aimee this soup looks amazing! Yum I want a bowl right now. I am jealous, we don’t have any great pizza places out here in little old desert California. I am so missing out. I need to take a vacay soon huh? 😉 Pinned.

  13. I will take any excuse I can get to eat pizza throughout the day. I grew up with NY-style pizza around me but actually like the Chicago deep dish kind better (sssshhh!!). 😉

  14. We’re headed to Chicago this summer and I can’t wait to hit up those two pizza places! The soup looks delicious, too!

  15. It’s a good thing I don’t have a pizza place within walking distance of my house, I would surely weigh 10,000 pounds! I can’t wait to try this soup. I love soup, but my husband isn’t a fan. However, he loves pizza, so this may be the perfect soup for him!

  16. I cannot wait to eat allthepizza this November!! Love this soup!!

  17. You had me at pizza. Pizza Soup? Oh YEAH!

  18. I have a feeling this awesome soup would go over VERY well in this house! We’re pizza fanatics over here! Love love that it’s crockpot too. 🙂

  19. Such a fabulous idea!! Love it! Can’t wait to give it a try 🙂

  20. We love trying different pizzas and putting through taste tests too!!! Now I’m craving some deep dish pizza, but I’m trying to do no carbs this week! Good thing soup works for times like this! Pizza soup is a fav here but I have never done it in the crock pot! Awesome to know it works!

  21. Pizzaaaaaa…. this looks to die for and totally heading over to check out your deep dish recipe! YUM 🙂

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