If you really want a people-pleasing recipe ask friends, family and coworkers. I guarantee you’ll come up with a dish you’ll have in your recipe box for years to come.
Recently my coworkers, Maija and Steve, decided to share their favorite crockpot recipes for lunch. They take turns each week preparing family favorites, then bring them in for a well-deserved break in the day.
You know I had to insert myself into their fun lunch gathering, and it didn’t take long for me to find this Italian Wedding Soup to share with you!
Italian Wedding soup isn’t a family tradition in Steve’s home (he’s not Italian, at least not that I can speak to). And when I asked him for the origin of his recipe, he brought in a page from a pamphlet he’d found at a local grocery store – the name of the store faded into oblivion.
After one attempt in the kitchen, this classic soup is now well-loved in my home too.
Not only did Mr. Mike devour several bowls without complaint about leftovers, but Grandma Karen plopped her ingredients into a slow cooker to serve to her significant other (yes, Grandma has a significant other), who was equally happy with his meal.
So what’s the secret to this popular Wedding Soup recipe?
A handful of ingredients, including pizza sauce. Yep! Pizza sauce. Pre-cooked turkey meatballs (I made my own), chicken broth, pizza sauce, spinach and pasta shells.
Now you know, and with perfect timing for those holiday shopping evenings when you need a quick meal. (Unless you’re Grandma, and decide to turn this Wedding soup into a masterpiece.)
Happy, healthy cooking!
Shake It Up! Use ground chicken breast, or buy turkey meatballs precooked from your local grocery store. If you have spaghetti sauce on hand, use that instead of pizza sauce.
- 20 ounces ground turkey breast
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
- 28 ounces low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup mini pasta shells
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
- 8 ounces pizza sauce
- 8 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Using a small ice-cream scoop, form into meatballs and place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until meat is cooked through.
- In a large stock pot add broth and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high and add pasta and meatballs. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes until pasta is al dente. Add spinach and pizza sauce and cook another few minutes until soup is heated through.
- Serve with Parmesan cheese.
Food energy: 391kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 10 Saturated fatty acids: 5.36g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 5.42g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 4.15g Total fat: 14.93g Calories from fat: 134 Cholesterol: 121mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 23.04g Total dietary fiber: 2.38g Protein: 37.84g Total lipid (fat): 16.40g Water: 422.34g Ash: 5.26g Total sugars: 2.60g Calcium: 245mg Iron: 4.21mg Magnesium: 71mg Phosphorus: 463mg Potassium: 813mg Sodium: 945mg
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