Dearest eaters and readers,
Grab your spoon and come sample some of this hearty pizza-in-a-bowl. Throw the ingredients in the crock pot, girls, and forget about it. In eight hours, you will have a delicious dinner that everyone in the family will love. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? And with this crock pot pizza soup recipe, you get all the flavor of your favorite toppings without carbs from the crust. So grab your crock pot and I’ll meet you in the kitchen.
Let’s Get Cooking: Crock Pot Pizza Soup
If you’ve been hanging out with me for any length of time, you’re probably beginning to wonder if I ever cook anything without my crock pot? And if I ever cook anything in said crock pot besides soup? Legitimate queries. After all, I did share Crock Pot Jalapeño Popper Soup in May and Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup in March. I get where you’re coming from. But there was also Crock Pot Angel Pork Chops. And you remember Crock Pot Korean Short Rib Tacos. And who could forget one of my all-time favs Oh-So-Good Salisbury Steak (in the…crock pot)? The name alone tells you how delicious that recipe is! I’ll admit, I love my crock pot. Next to my Prince, it’s this busy blogger’s BFF.
This is another recipe I thought I had printed off from Pinterest- my other BFF. But discovered just this sec that I didn’t find it on Pinterest…or at least I didn’t pin it! Yikes. I’ve remedied that now. You can find the recipe on my “Souper Chili and Stew” board, here. It comes from Kristy at Mommy Hates Cooking.
Most of the ingredients are fairly standard, although I didn’t usually keep pepperoni and pizza sauce on hand. Til now.
See what I mean? Nothing too outrageous here.
- 4 cups water
- 1 14 oz jar of pizza sauce
- 1/2 Cup chopped onion
- 1 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 diced tomato (this was tough for me…generally don’t do tomatoes!)
- 1/8 Cup thinly sliced pepperoni, torn into tiny pieces (used turkey pepperoni)
- *1/2 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, browned (added this myself, not on original recipe; could use ground turk, too)
- 1 26 oz jar of tomato soup (never seen jars of soup…used 2 cans of Campbells Healthy Choice)
- 1 Tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 clove garlic, Crushed
- 1/4 cup pasta or gluten free pasta (didn’t look like enough so I threw in more)
- 3/4 cup-ish mozzarella cheese (I mixed with Weight Watchers shredded Mexican blend and a little Vermont cheddar)
- Spray a 5 quart slow cooker with non stick cooking spray
- Brown Italian sausage or ground beef, ground turkey and dump in crock pot
- Dice veggies (I used a gadget my real, human BFF Sharon gave me for this dreaded task – click here and read a post about it, here)
- Add in all ingredients with the meat in the crock pot except for pasta and cheese
- Cook on low for 8 hours
- Pour in the pasta 30 minutes before you plan to serve it and let that cook until pasta is done.
- Garnish with cheese and serve (added a little fresh cilantro for fun)
- Makes approximately 6 generous servings
Dinner is Served
This is so good.
PC really likes pizza. He would probably say it is his fav food. But next time I am tempted to reach for the phone to speed dial Dominoes, I’m gonna grab my crock pot instead.
This soup is a kind of guilt-free version of pizza. Figured the Weight Watchers points to be about 8 points per serving. We each ate a large bowl for dinner, took some the next day for lunch and still have at least one large serving left. Call that lunch today!
You know my PC likes his soup diet. Which is not a diet at all. We just eat soup several times for dinner each week and he calls that dieting. Works for me. Thursday nights at our house are left over nights or pizza night. But now that I have discovered this recipe, Thursday night can be pizza-without-the guilt at least once a month.
Do you have pizza night or fast food night at your house? How do you decide which night it is? Thursday is my favorite day of the week and as such, deserves to be celebrated. My daughter Brennyn made me laugh by calling Thursday “Friday, Jr.” last week. She sent this Bitmoji in celebration.
At first, I thought she was confused and thought Thursday was Friday. And was calling me Junior, a name I’ve never been called. Then I got it. Thursday = Friday, Jr.
I generally don’t cook on Thursdays, unless warming up left-overs or dialing Dominoes counts as cooking. And now I have a meal I can prepare that will keep my Prince happy and will require very little effort on my part. But don’t tell him that.
Thank you, sugar foots (sugar feet?), for joining me today. Hope you will try this soup. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you do try it, please let me know.
Waiting for the pool people to come and remedy a host of problems that have come up with our new pool. So. Frustrated. I feel a post coming on about this very thing. Stay tuned.
Hugs and kisses,