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The last and final leg of our trip up the coast from San Francisco, CA to Portland, OR. Click for first, second, and third legs.


And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed our photos.

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Miss the first and second leg of our road trip from San Francisco, CA to Portland, OR? They can be found here and here. This was the third leg of our trip…


Loved this beer! I really only took a picture of it so I would remember it. Hopefully I can find it in Colorado!

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While it may not be soup weather, I still love a delicious, easy meal…anytime of year. This Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan soup was just that. Just throw everything in the slow cooker, set it and forget it.


Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Serves 4 | Recipe by Lauren Larson inspired by Foxes Love Lemons | Print here!

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 3:30-4:30 on high, 6:30-8:30 on low | Total time: 3:40-8:40

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium white onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

1-14.5 ounce can tomato sauce

3 cups chicken broth

4 ounces uncooked whole wheat or gluten free rotini pasta

Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish (optional)

Crusty bread for dipping (optional)

  1. Add green bell pepper, onion, and garlic to slow cooker. Top with chicken and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Pour in tomato sauce and chicken broth. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Break up chicken into bite sized pieces with a large spoon, it should be nice and tender. Stir in pasta and cook on high for 20-30 minutes until pasta is al dente.
  3. Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese and/or chopped fresh basil or parsley, and crusty bread for dipping if desired.


If it is too hot for you to even think about making this recipe now, put it on your winter to do list, bookmark it, print it out, do whatever it is you have to do to remember to make it in the winter.

Do you use your slow cooker in the summer?

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