That said, I made something new today, Italian Wedding Soup.
|Italian Wedding Soup|
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used frozen.)
1 large onion, chopped
Leafy heads off 8-10 stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
4 cubes Wyler's Chicken Bouillon
4 cups diced carrots
2 boxes of Swanson's Chicken Broth
I put the chicken in the Crock Pot frozen.
|Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, about half a pound.|
Then I chopped up the celery, onions, and spinach.
|Lots of leafy celery|
|Chopped up spinach|
|One humongous onion, chopped.|
|Onion, celery, and spinach, chopped and all mixed up.|
|And this stuff.|
|Into the Crock Pot on Low for 8 hours. (Overnight)|
In the morning I stirred it well, breaking up the piece of chicken as I went. (I love the boneless, skinless thighs for soups because they fall to pieces so easily.)
Then I made the meatballs.
1 pound of extra lean ground beef
1 pound turkey Italian sausage
1/2 "tube" of Premium Whole Wheat Crackers, crushed
1/2 cup Kraft Three Cheese Blend
1 tablespoon Black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
|Extra lean ground beef and turkey Italian sausage|
|This stuff went in with the meat.|
|Ground beef, sausage, egg, crushed crackers, |
Three Cheese Blend, pepper, garlic powder,
onion powder, basil leaves, and Italian seasoning
|All mixed up.|
I put the pans of meatballs in the oven to brown, at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then I stirred them around and cooked them for another 5 minutes. At this point they were nicely browned, although still a little pink inside.
|Meatballs, browned and ready to go in the Crock Pot.|
1 more box of chicken broth
I stirred it well and reset it on Low. I let it cook for a couple of hours, then I tasted it and added a few more spices.
2 more cubes of chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons of beef bouillon
Several shakes of garlic powder, to taste
Several shakes of ground basil, to taste
Several shakes of pepper, to taste
Several shakes of oregano, to taste
Several shakes of Italian seasoning, to taste
At this point I added the extra chicken bouillon, and the beef bouillon, plus several shakes each of garlic powder, ground basil, pepper, oregano, and Italian seasoning, to taste. Then I let it cook on Low for a couple more hours.
|This stuff too.|
|Mmmmm, garlic bread.|
|Three Cheese Blend was |
the perfect finishing touch.
When the soup was ready I ladled up a bowl and sprinkled on some
Three Cheese Blend. All that was left to do was grab a piece of garlic bread and enjoy!
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