Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 4 • Points+: 5
Calories: 215.7 • Fat: 0.7 g • Protein: 8.7 g • Carb: 42.0 g • Fiber: 6.7 g
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can white beans, drained, rinsed (cannellini or navy)
3 cups fat free chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
1 oz chunk of good Parmesan cheese rind
1 fresh rosemary sprig
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
salt and fresh pepper
1 medium zucchini, chopped
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (defrosted) spinach
2 cups cooked small pasta like ditalini or elbows (al dente)
extra parmesan cheese to top (extra pts)
Rinse and drain beans. Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender.
In a crock pot, combine broth, tomatoes, pureed beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herbs, Parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Forty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach. Cover and cook 30 more minutes. Add cooked pasta, cook 10 minutes more. Remove bay leaves, rosemary sprig, parmesan rind and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and top with extra parmesan cheese.
4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large jar salsa (I like HOT salsa)
Spray crockpot with non-stick spray. Pour a little salsa in the bottom to coat, Lay chicken breasts on top, if you need to do layers to fit it all in, put salsa between the layers and pour the rest of the jar over the top. Cook on low 8 hrs or high 5-6 hours. (I have even put the breasts in frozen when I have forgotten to defrost!)
The meat is sooo tender!! You can shred it, slice it, dice it. I use it for tacos, burritos, sandwiches, over rice, anything you can think of.
I often add any or all of the following:
can black beans
onions (cut them in large chunks)
cloves of garlic (whole, peeled, they will get super soft & sweet)
celery, cut in big chunks
can of diced tomatoes
BURP- oops I mean BUMP :laugh:
I LOVE my crock pot (s)...
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