Your family will flip when served a big bowl of this Crock-Pot Zesty Italian Soup. A hearty soup filled with beans and vegetables and chucks of beef are simmered away in a broth made zesty by a secret ingredient – bottled Italian salad dressing!
This was a recipe I threw together while cleaning out the fridge and freezer the other day. I discovered a package of stew meat and some veggies decided to throw together a quick soup for dinner. And then I spotted half a bottle of Italian salad dressing and thought “well that might be interesting….”
And so it was born. A recipe for Crock-Pot Zesty Italian Soup!
And it was good.
The Italian salad dressing added just the right amount of zip and zing to an otherwise ordinary soup. And to “beef” things up I cooked up some curly rotini pasta and tossed those bad boys in before serving.
I know we end up getting a lot of comments about having cook pasta separately. I know, it adds an extra step. You could PROBABLY cook the pasta in the Crock-Pot but as a personal preference thing, I don’t. I find the pasta comes out mushy and changes the texture of the soup dish I am cooking. When you cook pasta the noodle release starch into the cooking liquid. And that starch thickens up the dish. That might be what you are looking for in some dishes. But I decided not this one.
No mushy noodles. Just a really great soup!
Serve this with a nice tossed salad and maybe some crusty Italian bread for a light dinner.
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