Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This is the best Italian wedding soup I’ve ever made! It is packed with homemade meatballs, loads of veggies and fresh herbs. And it’s done in about half an hour!

We are including instructions for making this soup in the slow cooker and Instant Pot too! You can choose the cooking method that works best for you and your schedule.

Why Italian Wedding Soup?

Did you know I used to work for Jet Blue? Yup. Totally worked from home before that was even a thing answering a bazillion calls clear through the night at times and occasionally getting screamed at and not once was it deserved. 

I know, you’re tempted to not believe me, but here’s an example:

A huge hurricane all 2009 style was hitting and flights were grounded everywhere. A woman had booked a vacay to an island right in the path and was INFURIATED we had cancelled her flight. As she was screaming at me that this was unprofessional because a ticket is a contract she suddenly got the idea that we should rebook her like other airlines do if a flight is cancelled. I tried to explain that all airlines weren’t flying because of the hurricane at which point she used some colorful language to demand a private plane. 

I couldn’t even respond at that point. 

It. Was. A. Hurricane.

Now before you get all worked up that I’m telling a story instead of teaching to cook, this has a purpose. 

A bowl of Italian wedding soup. A spoon is in the soup and it is packed with meatballs, carrots and spinach.

Before we could work we had to do a training for several weeks until midnight every night at the call center a good 45 minutes away. When we got there it was dinnertime, and if we were lucky a little cafe had an Italian wedding soup that was so good!

I’ve dreamed of it ever since, but it has taken me years to create the recipe and this is it! 100% exactly as I remember it. 

Ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup

We love to make our own meatballs for this recipe, but if you want to cut out that step, you can totally buy frozen chicken meatballs at the grocery store. If you buy your meatballs, skip to the ingredients list for just the soup.

Meatballs

  • Ground Turkey (or chicken)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

For the Soup

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Chicken Broth
  • Acini di Pepe
  • Baby Spinach
  • Fresh Dill
  • Fresh Parmesan

All measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A bowl of Italian Wedding soup with a spoon in it. The soup is packed with colorful vegetables and meatballs. The bright green spinach brightens up the soup.

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup

Again, if you’re buying meatballs pre-made, skip to the soup instructions. Let’s start with making the homemade meatballs:

For the Meatballs

  • Combine the meats, breadcrumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic and egg in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Form into mini meatballs (about 1/2″ diameter).
    • PRO TIP: We use a very small cookie scoop. Don’t fill it full all the way. The smaller the better.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the meatballs in batches until they are browned on the outside and they are cooked through.
  • Remove from the pot and set them aside.

Browning the meatballs adds so much flavor! Don’t skip this step!

For the Soup

  • Heat more oil and add the veggies and thyme. Then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and meatballs and lower the temperature to a simmer. Cook long enough to cook the pasta.
  • Toss in the spinach and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Garnish servings with fresh dill, and more thyme and parmesan.
Detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

What to Eat with Italian Wedding Soup

I can’t sit down with a bowl of soup unless there is some bread for dipping. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re not into dipping bread in soup, then we can’t be friends! Haha! Ok, jk…we can be friends, but I don’t understand you! Make a sweet quick bread to eat with it:

A bowl of Italian Wedding soup with a spoon in it. The soup is packed with meatballs and carrots and spinach.

How Long Will Italian Wedding Soup Keep?

Refrigerate in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to 5 days.

What is Acini di Pepe?

Acini di Pepe is a form of pasta that is very small.

What is a Substitute For Acini di Pepe Pasta?

If you can’t find acini di pepe, you can use another small shaped pasta such as orzo, pastina or small stars.

Can You Freeze Soups With Pasta in Them?

Soups containing pasta do not hold up very well in the freezer. Pasta tends to absorb the liquids and gets mushy when frozen.

You can freeze this soup without the pasta and then heat it up on the stove and add the pasta before serving.

 

One of my favorite things is trying to copycat a recipe that I’ve had somewhere and fallen in love with. I love to test and test different combinations and flavors until I get it just right. That’s how this Italian wedding soup came to be! It is so flavorful and easy!

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Italian Wedding Soup

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Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs *See Note

  • 3/4 Pound Turkey ground, or chicken
  • 1/2 Pound Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs White
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Egg large
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper freshly ground

For the Soup

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil extra-virgin, divided
  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion chopped
  • 2 Carrots medium, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Celery chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme freshly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 8 Cups Chicken Broth low sodium
  • 1 Cup acini di pepe
  • 4 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Dill freshly chopped, for garnish
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan freshly grated, for serving

Instructions

For the meatballs

  • In a large bowl, stir ground meats, bread crumbs, Parmesan, seasoning, garlic, and egg until combined. Season with salt, pepper. Form into meatballs approximately 1/2″ in diameter.
  • In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Cook meatballs in batches, until outsides are golden and insides are cooked through. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

For the soup

  • Heat remaining oil and then add onion, carrots, celery, and thyme. Cook until fragrant about, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a rapid boil. Add pasta and meatballs and lower to a simmer. Simmer until the pasta is cooked, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally until wilted, about 1 minute more.
  • Garnish each bowl with dill, thyme and more Parmesan.

Notes

Note: you can buy chicken meatballs in the freezer section at some stores.

This soup will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

 

INSTANT POT: Brown the meatballs in batches in saute mode then cook them all on high for 3-5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except the pasta and spinach cook on high for 3 more minutes. Remove lid and add pasta and cook a final 3 min , stir in spinach and allow to sit for up to five minutes before serving to wilt the spinach.

SLOW COOKER: Cook the meatballs on the stove top as stated in the instruction. Add all the ingredients (except the pasta and spinach) to a crockpot on low for 5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Add the pasta for the last hour and the spinach for the last 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1323mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4139IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 3mg

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Loaded with healthy vegetables, chicken and herbs, this slow cooker chicken stew is a pot of comfort just waiting for you to devour.

Once upon a time I was a poor college student and totally homesick for my mom’s home cooking, particularly, her slow cooker beef stew. It was winter and cold, and I just needed that comfort from home. The problem was that I didn’t have any beef. Actually I couldn’t afford to buy beef, what college student can?!

So I decided to try to create that same home cookin’ with the chicken thighs I had in the fridge. Thus, this slow cooker chicken stew was born!

A pot of chicken stew. The stew is thick and bright colored with bits of celery, herbs, chicken and potatoes. A wooden spoon is in the pot and chopped herbs are on the counter top next to the pot.

One by one my roommates came home from class and asked what smelled so good. I poured them each a bowl and we sat around our small table in silence gobbling up that stew. I like to think they each felt a little bit of that comfort from home.

Chicken or beef, either one makes a delightful homemade stew!

What Ingredients Do You Need for Chicken Stew?

Ok, before the length of this ingredients list scares you away, most of them can be grabbed in the produce section, so that makes it easy. Also, delicious soups have layers and layers of flavor, and that takes a few ingredients.

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Canola Oil
  • Butter
  • Yellow Onion
  • Flour
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Tomato Paste
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Sage (dried)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cooking White Wine
  • Red Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Bay Leaves
  • Peas (frozen)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parsley (fresh)

The measurements of each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A pot of slow cooker chicken stew with a wooden spoon. The stew chicken and vegetables are in a thick yellow-red gravy and there are bright green herbs with the vegetables. A stack of bowls and spoons are in the background.

How to Make Chicken Stew

Now let’s get in to the nitty gritty of making this stew. It all starts with the chicken…

  1. Grab your chicken thighs and pat them dry. Drying them allows them to caramelize better and get that beautiful golden color you want. Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle a little oil into a large skillet and heat it up over medium high heat. Cook the chicken in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes and then flip to the other side for another 6-7 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add butter to the skillet and add the onions and celery. Cook until they are softened, and then add the flour and garlic. Stir briefly and then add the tomato paste and herbs.
  4. Slowly add in half of the chicken broth and cooking wine. Scrape up the little bits of chicken stuck on the pan.
  5. Add the potatoes, carrots and remaining broth and cooking wine. Simmer over medium low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes.
  6. Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker (minus the peas and cream), and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and add the peas and cream. Put the lid back on and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  8. Top with chopped fresh parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.

The recipe card below contains all the detailed instructions.

A pot of slow cooker chicken stew. There are bits of vegetables, chicken, and herbs in a reddish yellow gravy.

Substitutes in Chicken Stew

If you want to lighten this stew up a little, use more chicken broth, half & half, or milk instead of the heavy cream. You know I just used more water in college. I never ever had cream on hand!

You can also use sweet potatoes in this stew rather than regular potatoes, or you could go half and half. I love the the taste of sweet potatoes in this!

What Can You Substitute For Cooking Wine?

Red or white wine vinegar, cranberry juice, ginger ale, grape juice, apple juice, and chicken or beef stock are all good substitutes for cooking wine.

Can You Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?

Well of course! Chicken breasts or thighs totally work, however dark meat is more flavorful. You can use all white meat or a combination of white and dark meat in chicken stew.  

A large pot of slow cooker chicken stew. It is a bright yellow-red color and packed with bits of fresh herbs, vegetables and chicken. A wooden spoon is in the pot.

How Long Will Chicken Stew Keep?

Properly stored, in the refrigerator, chicken stew will keep for 3-4 days.

Can Chicken Stew Be Frozen?

Chicken stew can be frozen when packaged correctly.  Cool completely and store in an air tight container or a heavy duty freezer bag. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat it on the stove top until warmed through.

A pot of thick slow cooker chicken stew with a wooden spoon in it. The stew is packed with bright vegetables, chicken and herbs.

What to Eat with Chicken Stew

When you make stew, you must make bread! Focaccia bread, crusty artisan bread, or the best dinner rolls ever all get the job done to perfection. And if you don’t want to deal with yeast, go with the herb Irish soda bread!

I also like to make a nice side salad to lighten up the meal a little.

Chicken Stew in the Instant Pot or Stove Top

If you need chicken stew fast, you can totally make this recipe in the Instant Pot. It’s also totally simple to do on the stove top too.

Instant Pot

  • Pat the chicken dry season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the instant pot by pressing high saute and add a drizzle of oil.  Cook the chicken in batches, about 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate while you cook the next batch. Remove the last of the chicken
  • Heat the butter and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. Add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the chicken with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer by turning the pressure cooker saute function to low for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrots and all remaining ingredients except the peas and cream and cover, setting the valve to seal. Press cancel and then press manual, high and set the time for 7 minutes. Allow a natural release and then open the lid.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Press saute and get it simmering for 2 minutes more and then serve.

Stove Top

  • Pat the chicken dry season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Cook the chicken in, about 5 minutes on the first side (smooth side down) and 6-7 minutes after flipping in batches until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate.
  • Heat the butter in the pot and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Heat the butter and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. Add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the chicken with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer over medium low heat.  Add the potatoes and carrots and all remaining ingredients except the peas and cream and cover the pot, cooking for 20-30 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Bring back to a simmer by turning the heat to medium for 10 minutes and then serve.

 

Some evenings just call for a bowl of slow cooker chicken stew! It’s warm, hearty, comforting and bring back all the memories of home (and college for that matter!). Plus, slow cooker recipes are the best! I hope you enjoy this one!

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Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 599kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 Cups Chicken Thighs 3 pounds, diced
  • Canola Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion yellow, finely chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 6 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Stalk Celery small, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme fresh, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sage dried
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking white wine (real wine is fine but use double the amount)
  • 1 Cup Red Potatoes chopped 1/2” pieces
  • 1 Cup Potatoes Yukon Gold, chopped 1/2″ pieces
  • 3 Carrots large, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup Peas frozen
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream *optional see note
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley fresh, minced

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry so that cooking brings out more caramelization and color. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Cook the chicken in batches, about 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate while you cook the next batch.
  • Heat the butter in the skillet and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. 
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the potatoes and carrots along with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer with the lid on over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. 
  • Add all ingredients except the peas and cream into the slow cooker and cover. Cook for 4-5 hours.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Add the lid and cook for 5 more minutes. 
  • Serve with fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste. 

Notes

  • To keep this dish lighter sub more chicken broth, half and half or just milk instead of the heavy cream.
  • You can also use peeled and chopped sweet potatoes!
  • You can freeze left over chicken stew.  Cool completely, put in air tight containers or heavy duty freezer bag and freeze.
  • For instructions on making this in the Instant Pot or on the stove top, scroll up to the section in the post above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7742IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Shredded Mississippi pot roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.

This fork-tender slow cooker Mississippi pot roast is super easy to make with only FIVE ingredients but boasts of deliciously decadent, buttery, rich and tangy flavors.

Shredded Mississippi pot roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.

I made two mistakes while cooking this. First, I started the pot roast pretty early in the morning which meant we had to deal with eight agonizing hours of tasty smells wafting to all four corners of the house while we worked from home. And second, I made this in advance while we still had leftovers to finish up, so we couldn’t even reward ourselves immediately.

You will need a strong constitution to rally your stomach into ignoring the amazing smells while going about your day and an ironclad will to not lift the lid of the slow cooker to get some of that mouthwatering aroma in your face (don’t do it, you’ll lose 30 minutes of cooking time). Because this buttery roast is quite simply, utterly delicious. So let’s get started.

Shredded Mississippi pot roast in a bowl with pepperoncini peppers.

Quick note on why it’s called Mississippi pot roast. Once upon a time, someone posted a recipe of a pot roast on reddit and it went viral. The end. Today we are making it and its popularity is well deserved. You’ll need 5 ingredients plus carrots and potatoes, if you want to cook them with some veggies. Otherwise, you can try out some lemon pepper asparagus or some smoky green beans as a side and serve the roast with mashed potatoes.

The pepperoncini peppers are not spicy at all if this makes you hesitate. Think of bell peppers that aren’t spicy but still lends some flavor to a recipe. These give a slight tangy taste to the roast, which is balanced out by the fullness of au jus gravy mix and the richness of ranch dressing. Coupled with butter, this roast is absolutely decadent and not your typical pot roast by any means.

Before and after Mississippi pot roast cooking in a slow cooker.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

Searing: I seared the chuck roast on both sides to lock in the flavor but you can skip this step if you’re feeling lazy, don’t feel like breaking out a pan and washing it or simply want to throw everything in the slow cooker and call it a day. You do not have to pre-season the roast with salt and pepper because there is more than enough sodium and flavor from the flavor packets.

Pepperoncini peppers: I used the Vigo brand of peppers.  The pepperoncini peppers will be in a jar in the pickle/olive aisle and not in the fresh veggies aisle.

Butter: For the butter, I used Land O Lakes half sticks butter. Each stick of butter is 1/4 cup so that makes it easy for you to do this recipe. Just slice up the stick and you’re done. No need to break out the measuring cups.

Veggies: Throw in some baby carrots and  baby potatoes for extra veggies, or skip the potatoes and add the carrots to serve the pot roast with mashed potatoes. I like using the colorful blend but it really doesn’t matter visually since in the slow cooker, all veggies end up coming out the slightly browned from cooking in the meat juices. If you don’t use baby carrots and potatoes and decide to dice up regular ones instead, cut them into big 2″ pieces because they tend to disintegrate slightly in the slow cooker.

Note: Some people have substituted the au just gravy mix with brown gravy mix or onion soup and dip mix. I personally have not tested these yet so I cannot confirm how good/bad they are but these are options available to you.

And that’s it. I cooked mine on low for 8 hours and now we have delicious leftovers for days. Enjoy and happy cooking 🙂

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Shredded Mississippi pot roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Mississippi Pot Roast



  • Author:
    The Cooking Jar

  • Prep Time:
    5 mins

  • Cook Time:
    8 hours

  • Total Time:
    8 hours 5 minutes

  • Yield:
    8

Description

This fork-tender slow cooker Mississippi pot roast is super easy to make with only FIVE ingredients but boasts of deliciously decadent, buttery, rich and tangy flavors.


Ingredients

  • 34 lb. chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers


Instructions

  1. [Optional Step] Over medium high heat, sear the chuck roast on both sides until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Place roast in slow cooker and sprinkle evenly with ranch dressing and au jus gravy mix.
  3. Add cubed butter and whole pepperoncini peppers. If adding veggies, see notes.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Shred the roast with two forks and return meat to the pot to toss in the juices.
  6. Dish and serve hot with mashed potatoes or your own sides.

Notes

  • If adding veggies, use 1 lb. baby carrots and 1 1/2 lb. baby potatoes.

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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Everyone’s FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Guys, it’s snowing. No joke. It has been snowing two days straight in the midwest. And yes, Cartman has his winter beanie ready to go.

That being said, you can find me by the fireplace, chunky sweaters and all, with this Olive Garden favorite.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

A quick and easy copycat recipe, you can throw this all in the crockpot. Extra bonus points if you have one of those saute features in your slow cooker, making this a one pot meal from start to finish.

Serve with the crustiest bread and extra shaved Parmesan on top that melts right into the warm, cozy goodness.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Everyone’s FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

20 minutes8 hours 40 minutes

Chungah Rhee

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is browned, about 5-7 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Place sausage mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, oregano and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 5-6 hours. Uncover and stir in pasta; cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Serve immediately with Parmesan, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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Pineapple Pulled Pork

Pineapple Pulled Pork

It’s officially summer over here. When it gets over 100 degrees I don’t want to do anything but lay under the ceiling fan and melt until the air conditioner gets going. Needless to say, I sure don’t want to be cooking in a hot kitchen. That’s where my crock pot comes in handy. Let it do all the work and I get all the credit. I’d say that’s a big win.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder (butt) roast
  • 1/3 cup Hoisin sauce (found in your grocery store international aisle)
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple, mashed
  • 2 cups chicken stock

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place pork roast in crock pot. Cover roast in the Hoisin sauce  and 1/2 of the mashed pineapple. Save the other half of mashed pineapple to serve on shredded pork.
  2. Pour in chicken stock.
  3. Set crock pot to High and set timer for 5 hours.
  4. Once pork is done, shred pork with two forks. Pineapple Pulled Pork 2
  5. Serve on Hawaiian bread rolls, or regular dinner rolls or tortillas.
  6. Enjoy!

Pineapple Pulled Pork 1

Originally posted at Joanns Food for Thought