Italian Pasta Soup

I love my Crock Pot! I love it so much, I made my husband fight hordes of people the minute Target opened on Black Friday to secure me a second Crock Pot. I may be exaggerating a small bit. Apparently the hordes of people were more interested in the TVs and blue ray players than they were in the $20, red Crock Pots. Weird. I’ll never understand people.

The reason I love Crock Pots so much is because of recipes like this. This is a delicious, hearty soup that’s so easy to put together. Plus, when it’s dinner time, dinner is already made. It’s like being a care-free kid again… almost.

In a skillet, brown together:

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage (any flavor)
  • 1/2 an onion

Once the sausage and onion have cooled a bit, put them in a slow cooker and add:

  • 2 cans Italian diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 1 large container (2 lbs) beef broth
  • 2 C water
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz each) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 t Italian seasoning

Cook this on low for 8 hours, or high for four hours. In the last half hour of cooking, add:

  • 1/2 lb small pasta (I use Farfalle)

Once the pasta is tender, serve the soup! Top it with a little grated mozzarella cheese.

4 Responses to “Italian Pasta Soup”

  1. December 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I love this recipe. Most of my crock pot recipes are…blah. I’m looking for ones that are easy and awesome. I’m going to let my husband love this one (I’m the vegetarian, but he’ll love this).

  2. Michele
    December 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Do you cut up the sausage? Do u drain the beans?

    • The Pink Apron Blog
      December 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Thanks for your questions, Michele. I updated the recipe to address your questions. I changed it to “ground” Italian sausage, and added to drain and rinse the beans. Thanks again!! 🙂

  3. Michele
    December 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Thank you. I am going to try it these week. Please keep the recipes coming.