Cozy and delicious Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup, a great weeknight meal. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese and diced red onions!

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Healthy eating is the main conversation in our home these days, since it’s winter and the beginning of the year (goals, goals, goals)!

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Embracing wholesome ingredients of chicken, beans, and veggies simmering together in a slow cooker all day long–feels just right at the end of the day, when we get to enjoy a cup of Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup.

I’ll share something new that I did this week, that made me really happy. My friend and I branched out and went to a sack lunch gathering in our little town. It was a way to get to know some new ladies, and I’m so glad we did.

But first of all, it’s not easy to go to a function by yourself. Now an extrovert, I think I’m still an introvert at heart. A friend gives you courage.

I came home and thought about what makes me happy. Meeting people, and listening to their stories is what I love. Less about me, more about others. I remembered this post, with 10 Rules for a Great Conversationalist – great tips! :)

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Living an authentic life

I wish I would have brought a bowl of this hot Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup for us to share, but instead I packed a turkey sandwich with avocado mayonnaise, lettuce, and sliced cucumber, on 2 pieces of dry bread (what is it about sprouted wheat bread that is so dry?). Kristi will probably never ask me to make her lunch again. HA!

I wrote this down in my journal this morning, that living an authentic life means venturing out of the mundane. Yes, I work at home, and can get caught up in my own little world with my online blog friends. Experiencing the true moments of happiness for me though is usually when I’m with other people.

It’s when I savor the small things, like packing a sandwich and heading to a round table to sit and get to know new faces, or finding a new recipe to try that is easy, tasty, and one my family will love (like this Chicken Soup).

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

It’s also buying myself flowers from the grocery store, and coming home to arrange them in my favorite vessel. I move the flowers around until they look just right, and then I set them in a place where I can enjoy them throughout the day.

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Sipping a cup of tea in the afternoon, and sitting down with our Whoodle, Alder, and having a little cuddle time? The best. I can’t help but smile – BIG.

What’s something new you can try, or venture out to, or truly enjoy this new year? It may involve people, or not.

For me, I’m always happier after I’ve spent time with others, and hear their stories.

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Enjoy this simple Chicken Basil Soup recipe that can be made in the slow cooker.

Spray the bottom of the slow cooker; add the ingredients, cook on low all day long, and walk away. It’s really that easy!

A hearty soup that the whole family loves, just add fresh Parmesan and red onions, and you’ll be filling up your bowl for seconds, I promise!


Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

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Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 tsp. garlic
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can white beans (drained)
  • 3 chicken breasts, you can use frozen
  • 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 ⁄4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, optional
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion, for garnish


  • Place in a slow cooker, along with other ingredients, onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes, beans, chicken, spices, and stock. Sundried tomatoes are super yummy (but optional).
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours, or on low 6-7 hours.
  • Shred chicken with 2 forks before serving.
  • Top with shaved Parmesan cheese and chopped red onions and enjoy!
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More soup recipes: Hearty Southwest Black Bean Soup [Tidy Mom] and Beef and Bean Soup Recipe [Wears Many Hats].

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