Italian Sausage Soup

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One of our latest soup endeavors was Italian Sausage Soup… A very rich soup (so we went with mild Italian sausage, I would not recommend going with anything spicier)

Sausage, Bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, garlic salt
Sausage, Bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, garlic salt
Tomato Paste and fresh diced garlic
Tomato Paste and fresh diced garlic
egg, paste, milk
egg, paste, milk
Mix meat and dry ingredients together
Mix meat and dry ingredients together
Create meatballs, try and keep them marble size
Create meatballs, try and keep them marble size
chicken broth, 4 cups... and add it to the crock pot
chicken broth, 4 cups… and add it to the crock pot
Add meatballs to crockpot
Add meatballs to crockpot

Cook in the crockpot for 5 1/2 hours before completing the next steps…

Meatballs all cooked...
Meatballs all cooked…
2 16oz packages of baby spinach, 1 cup (our adjustment) of bowtie pasta...
2 16oz packages of baby spinach, 1 cup (our adjustment) of bowtie pasta…
Pasta next
Pasta next
Spinach added, stir it in well...
Spinach added, stir it in well…

Cook for at least 30 minutes or until pasta is done and spinach wilted.

Dished up
Dished up
Top with cheese
Top with cheese

Italian sausage soup

Sausage Meatballs
1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Soup
4 cups hot chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup mini pasta shells*
bag (10 ounces) baby spinach leaves
Grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
Directions
Combine all meatball ingredients. Form into marble-size balls.
Combine broth, tomato paste, garlic and red pepper flakes in 4 1/2-quart CROCK-POT® slow cooker. Add meatballs. Cover; cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours.
Thirty minutes before serving, add pasta. When pasta is tender, stir in spinach leaves. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
*Ingredient Tips
Or use other tiny pasta, such as ditalini (mini tubes) or farfallini (mini bowties).

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