I’m not usually a crock pot, slow-cooking kind of girl. I like to have complete control over my recipes, so leaving something in the crock pot without supervision for six to eight hours is completely foreign to me. Regardless, I tried it this morning to a HUGE payoff! This is MY version of Italian Wedding Soup in the slow cooker.
– 1 pound ground chicken
– chicken broth (I use free range if I can.)
– smaller pasta noodles (I used rotini as you can see here.)
– shaved parmesan
– spices: oregano, cilantro, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, red pepper flakes
– ranch dressing
– basil pesto
This morning before I left for work, I had a little extra time (time that I knew I wouldn’t have tonight) so I got the slow cooker out and threw some things in it. It starts with an entire can of chicken broth (you can add more when you get home if you need to), 1/2 cup of ranch dressing, 1/4 cup pre-made basil pesto (I used the kind that is pre-made. You can find it in the produce section at your local grocer), and a pound of ground chicken. Set your crock pot to low for 6-8 hours.
When I got home from work (and it smelled delicious by the way), after feeding my precious dogs, I added more chicken broth and started on the pasta. Cook that per package instructions. Back to the pot: I used a spatula to break up the brick of chicken. (If you can, I’d recommend doing that in the morning. Mine was frozen, so I didn’t have the time for that.) Now you can add all the spices. I added them all to taste, and you should too. Start small and then add more for flavor, tasting as you go. Once the pasta is done, add it to the crock pot. Let them simmer together for 5-10 more minutes and you’re good to go! Top with cheese and serve.
It actually tasted exactly how I remember Italian Wedding Soup. Bear and I like spiciness, so I added lots of red pepper flakes. If you take your time with the spices, you’ll figure out what works best for you. Big Bear LOVED it. He had seconds AND thirds and I felt sooooo proud because it was completely MADE UP… By ME! Enjoy!