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Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta Fagioli

Fresh rosemary, thyme and bay leaves are the secret to this great tasting WW Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta Fagioli.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 20 mins
Total Time26 mins
Servings: 16
Calories: 282
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 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 (1-1/2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: chopped parsley, grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and/or crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Add extra chicken broth when reheating leftovers, if desired.
This makes a large batch. Use a 4 quart slow cooker to make a half batch, if you prefer.
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta Fagioli
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/4 cups)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 42.5g14%
Fiber 10g40%
Protein 24.7g49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course