Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

     While Yahoo is one of the most worthless sources of reliable news reporting, they do have a fairly robust food section that I refer to on a regular basis. The Wife happened across this slow-cooker recipe in her search for quick and easy meals for the week. In addition to being quick and easy, this was also right tasty, which is something I don't often say about slow cooker fare. Throw down some good crusty bread with this and you're good to go. I do suggest you take the suggestion for the pasta you'll see later in the recipe; you'll thank us for it. Or not, if you're totally ungrateful. We give and give and give and all you do is take and take and take. As always, notes and changes are in blue.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
via Yahoo Food
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (we got lazy and used 3 teaspoons minced garlic from a jar)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (The Wife doesn't like green peppers, so we went with red)
  • 14 1/2 ounces crushed tomatoes (we used a can of undrained diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 pound raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • 3 cups chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (none on hand, we used 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (none on hand either, 1.5 teaspoons dried)
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  • 4 ounces uncooked dry gemelli or penne pasta
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish (no fresh on hand, omitted)
  1. In the slow cooker, stir together the garlic, bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, chicken, broth, onion, the cheese, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours, or on low for 7 hours.
  2. Transfer chicken breasts to a cutting board and coarsely shred them; return them to the slow cooker; stir in the pasta. Cook on high for 30 minutes longer or until pasta is cooked al dente (adding the pasta at this step is a Bad Idea unless you plan on eating everything in one sitting. That pasta will turn to mush overnight if you put any aside for later. We suggest cooking the pasta separately and adding it as needed when you serve the soup. Unless you like mushy pasta. We won't judge. Yes we will. Don't do it.)
  3. Serve garnished with more Parmesan cheese and chopped basil or parsley.
Good times!

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