This main course soup is absolutely delicious! Wonderful pepperoni pizza flavors yet have a lot fewer calories than a pizza. Your kids will love it too! Each big, hearty bowl has 238 calories, 6 grams of fat, and only 5 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 5 Green.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low heat
1½ cups onions, chopped
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (14-½ ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1½ cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup red bell peppers, diced
34 Hormel 70% reduced-fat turkey pepperoni slices, halved (~1¼ cups), see shopping tips
1½ teaspoons dried Italian seasonings
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
⅛-¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
1 package (9 -10 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or parmesan cheese, optional for topping
1. Cook onions in microwave for 1-2 minutes to soften.
2. To the crock-pot, add onions and all other ingredients except the cheese tortellini and optional cheese topping. Mix well. Cover and cook on low heat 6 -7 hours or high heat 3-4 hours. Crock-Pots do vary, so time depends on your crock-pot.
3. Make cheese tortellini in a separate pot according to package directions. Drain. Add to finished soup. Top each serving with a little cheese if desired.
Makes 6 servings. Each ~1¾ cups.
I use Buitoni’s three-cheese tortellini or Trader Joe’s cheese tortellini. Most supermarkets carry a few other brands, It’s usually displayed in the refrigerated section where other fresh pasta and sauces are displayed.
Hormel’s 70% reduced-fat turkey pepperoni can be found in most larger supermarkets in the luncheon meat section. So low in calories and fat, it’s a real find!
Looking for a new crock-pot? Here’s one of my favorites:
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel
|SKINNY FACTS: for ~1¾ cup serving (w/out cheese topping)
238 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 17mg chol,15g pro. 35g carbs, 4g fiber, 938mg sod, 3g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
170 calories, 1g sat. fat, 12g protein, 2g sugar