Friday, January 17, 2014

Italian Sausage Soup Crockpot Recipe

Italian Sausage Soup Crockpot Recipe

Ingredients needed for Sausage Meatballs:

* 1 pound of mild Italian sausage, casings removed
* 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
* 1/4 cup of milk
* 1 egg
* 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
* 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt

Ingredients needed for soup:

* 4 cups of hot chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
* 1 clove of garlic minced
* 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
* 1/2 cup uncooked mini pasta shells
* 1 bag of baby spinach leaves (10 ounces)

Preparation steps:

* For meatballs, combine sausage, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of cheese, milk, egg, basil, black pepper and garlic salt in large bowl. Roll into 1/2-inch balls.
* Combine broth, tomato paste, garlic and red pepper flakes in crockpot. Add meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
* Add pasta; cook on low for 30 minutes. Stir in spinach leaves when pasta is tender. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with additional cheese.

(Serves 5)

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