I’m not gonna lie–I would be lost without my crockpot! It comes in to save the day at least twice a week by providing our family with a hot meal that is quick and easy to get on the table. I teach aerobics at our local YMCA two nights a week, and when I get home, we are all REALLY ready to eat! So having something waiting for us in the crockpot is the perfect solution (plus it makes my house always smell so yummy!)
I’m always adding to my crockpot recipe collection so my family doesn’t get bored, but I have some crockpot “rules” that I abide by:
1. I don’t want to have to pre-cook anything on the stove. I mean doesn’t that totally defeat the purpose of just being able to throw something into the crockpot in the first place?
2. The ingredients have to be simple and be things that I keep on hand and in my pantry.
3. The ingredients have to be healthy (or I have to be able to modify it to make a healthier version).
4. It has to be something that my picky kids will want to eat!!
This recipe meets those requirements–so here it goes!
Crockpot Lasagna Soup
1 lb ground turkey
3 cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TB dried parsley
1 TB dried basil
½ cup chopped onion
1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1, 6oz can of tomato paste
1 cup V8 (or any vegetable drink)
2 cups uncooked wholegrain shell pasta
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 cup of water
Optional topping- shredded cheese
NOTE about turkey: You do NOT have to brown the turkey before putting into the crock pot. I did not pre-cook the meat first.
First mix together the can of tomatoes and tomato paste in crockpot.
Next add broth, turkey, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, V8 and salt/pepper.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
When 30 minutes are left of cooking time, add in the 1 cup of water and noodles. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
(Recipe is courtesy of Family Fresh Meals)
I would love to know what is your family’s favorite crockpot meal!