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Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup is an hearty soup with pepperoni, sausage and cheese in a rich tomato broth. This recipe is as simple as ordering a pizza and tastes even better!

Make your meal complete with a side of homemade Garlic Bread or these super easy Puff Pastry Bread Sticks.

Pizza soup in a mint green soup bowl with a side of breadsticks.

Why This Recipe is Best

Typically if my family craves deep dish pizza, we make our own Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza recipe. I wondered what would happen if we took our favorite pizza and made soup!

Based on how quickly everyone devoured every last drop, I’d say it was a roaring success. We didn’t even miss the crust.

  • All the flavors you love on your pizza in soup form!
  • Hands off cooking makes it ideal for busy days.
  • Make it on the slow cooker on on the stove top.
  • It’s a hearty and satisfying one-bowl meal.
  • Perfect as naturally gluten free alternative to pizza!

Ingredient Notes

I used all the same ingredients we love in our favorite deep dish pizza for this soup.

  • Ground Italian sausage – Much of the flavor of the soup comes from the sausage. You can use hot sausage for a spicier soup or stick with mild if you don’t want a lot of heat.
  • Beef broth – If you don’t have any you can use chicken broth, vegetable broth or even water instead.
  • Tomatoes – I use tomato sauce to create a thick base for the soup and diced canned tomatoes for some chunky texture.
  • Green chilies – A can of these gives the soup a spicy kick. Reduce or omit them for a milder pizza soup.
  • Seasonings – Dried basil, oregano and salt give the soup the perfect Italian flavor.
  • Pizza toppings – I put mushrooms, olives, onions and pepperoni slices in our soup because that’s what we love on our pizza. Feel free to swap them out for other pizza toppings your family loves.
  • Shredded cheese – Mozzarella cheese is our choice for Pizza Soup! Parmesan would be delicious on this soup too.
Pizza soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese in a green bowl.

Make Soup on the Stove

I love making this soup in the slow cooker. It gives the flavors a chance to develop over the long slow cooking time. But if you don’t have a slow cooker or you’re short on time, this recipe works beautifully on the stove top too!

  • To make this pizza soup on the stove, start by browning the sausage in a large pot.
  • Drain out the excess grease, then add all the remaining ingredients (except for the cheese).
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes before serving.
Slow Cooker Pizza Soup: it's delicious comfort food made in your crockpot. Add some breadstick twists for a yummy side!

Recipe FAQs

Do you brown the sausage before adding it to the slow cooker?

Yes, you should always brown the sausage on the stove first. It brings out the best flavor of the meat and gives you a chance to drain the excess grease before it goes in the slow cooker.

How should I store leftovers?

Transfer leftover Pizza Soup to an airtight container. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat the leftover soup in the stove top or in the microwave.

What side dishes can I serve with this pizza soup?

I love to serve this soup with some kind of bread for soaking up those last drops of soup in my bowl! Garlic bread is an ideal side dish. And these Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks are amazing with any meal!

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

More Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Pizza Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Easy Pizza Soup recipe served in the slow cooker!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 ounce) diced green chilies
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 can (2.5 ounce) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup diced pepperoni slices
  • 1 can (4 ounce) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  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!

Notes

  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • To make it on the stovetop, see blog post for directions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 2374mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 24g

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 4, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!!). 😉

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. Haha, I grew up in Homewood so we spent many nights hanging out at Aurelios 🙂 Thanks for pinning Pam!

  8. 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.

  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. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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! 🙂

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