(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 174 – Crock Pot Italian Meatball Soup)
I think one of keys to making Weight Watchers work for the long haul is finding recipes that will please the entire family.
This crockpot Italian Meatball soup is a great example.
It doesn’t taste like “diet” food.
Because it’s not.
It’s just a really hearty, flavorful soup that makes a great one dish meal.
For a simple satisfying supper, sprinkle each bowl with a little grated Parmesan and serve with warm crusty bread. YUM! (If you feel like you need something more, you could always add a green salad.)
The Skinny on CrockPot Italian Meatball Soup
To make this crockpot Italian meatball soup lighter, healthier and more Weight Watchers friendly I:
- Substituted Kroger reduced fat turkey meatballs for beef meatballs.
- Added 1-1/2 cups of sliced mushrooms to increase the soup’s bulk and make it more filling. (Chopped spinach or kale would be good too.)
- I also added salt, pepper and Italian seasoning for more flavor.
The recipe says to add the frozen mixed vegetables in during the last hour of cooking, which will prevent them from getting too mushy. But if you prefer them really soft add them in the beginning with everything else.
Each serving of this yummy soup has 250 calories and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
- 1 pound frozen low fat turkey meatballs
- 4 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 cans (14 to 15 ounces each) diced tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (5 ounces)
- 1 cup peeled chopped potato
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
- Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese for serving (optional)
- Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-Quart
- In a slow cooker stir together the meatballs, broth, tomatoes, mushrooms, potato, onion, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours until the vegetables are tender. Turn the slow cooker to HIGH and add the frozen mixed vegetables. Cover and cook for one additional hour or until the vegetables are tender.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese if desired.
Bulk up this yummy crockpot Italian meatball soup even further by adding more vegetables. I think chopped spinach or kale would be good. And if you prefer your vegetables well done stir them in at the beginning with everything else.
Source: adapted from Gooseberry Patch Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook
*PointsPlus® for crockpot Italian meatball soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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Today’s Food for Thought
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I used the 4-quart ceramic insert from my Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Slow Cooker to make this crockpot Italian meatball soup:
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