I've decided to ring out the year with this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta Fagioli, since it's definitely feeling like soup season here in Phoenix.
Temperatures have dipped into the 50s during the day and 30s at night (brrrr) and Rod (along with several other members of the family who gathered together for Christmas) has come down with a nasty nasty cold. I've somehow managed to escape it so far and pray that my luck continues.
There's nothing like a bowl of steamy homemade soup, especially when you are under the weather.
I ripped this recipe from a recent issue (not exactly sure which one) of Weight Watchers Magazine, which I adapted somewhat, using canned beans instead of dry, pasta shells instead of orechiette, and adding some carrots and celery.
Chicken Pasta Fagioli Recipe Notes
Unfortunately, I failed to notice that the recipe called for way too much pasta (a whole pound) which totally absorbed all of the liquid.
This could have been avoided if I had checked out a couple other recipes - (something I usually do) for comparison - like this pasta fagioli from SkinnyTaste or this Crockpot Pasta Fagioli from A Year of Slow Cooking - which both call for a lot less pasta.
Fortunately, I was able to fix the situation by adding a lot more chicken stock, but I've modified the recipe here, cutting back the amount of pasta to 6 ounces or 1-½ cups, which also shaves off a couple WW Points too!
We really liked the flavor of this Italian pasta and bean soup. The fresh rosemary, thyme and bay leaves were the secret, I think.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Crock Pot Soup?
According to my calculations, each generous 1-¼ cup serving of this chicken pasta fagioli has about 282 calories and
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta Fagioli
- 1 pound ground skinless chicken breast
- 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 large onions chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 32 ounces fat-free chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 ounces) whole Italian tomatoes, chopped
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces whole wheat pasta such as medium shells or orechiette (1-½ cups)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional garnishes: chopped parsley, grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and/or crushed red pepper flakes
- Use a 6-quart slow cooker or cut the recipe in half and use a 4-quart cooker. This makes a big batch of soup.
- Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and cook, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Put the cooked chicken into the slow cooker.
- Put the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves in a cheesecloth bag and tie to close. (I didn't have cheesecloth so tied everything up in a clean empty paper coffee filter instead with good results.) Add it to the slow cooker.
- Add the onions, celery, carrot, garlic, broth, water, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt to the slow cooker and stir to combine everything.
- Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 6 hours on HIGH, or 6 to 8 hours on LOW.
- Twenty minutes before serving, add the pasta to the cooker, cover and cook on hight until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove and discard the cheesecloth bag.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Watch this video from Lidia Bastianich to see how she makes traditional Pasta e Fagioli:
More Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Soups You Might Like:
- Slow Cooker Pizza Soup
- Hearty Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Soup
- Slow Cooker Ham & Split Pea Soup
- Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Meatball Soup
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