Dinner Tonight: Spicy Chicken and Sausage Soup

A hearty bowl of goodness.  And it’s simple too!
For this batch of soup, we used a sweet Italian chicken sausage but you could totally substitute a turkey or pork sausage too.  If you’re not serving little ones, you should try a spicy sausage for a real kick!  Lots of flavor, lots of veggies and little time on your part.  Perfect!
This recipe serves 4 adults.  
Shopping List
1 pound of chicken breasts, uncooked (not frozen)
1/2 pound sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces (it can be pre-cooked or uncooked, it doesn’t matter)
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 (14 oz) can of Rotel
2 cups chicken broth
1 box frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed of all the excess liquid
1/2 pound of uncooked pasta (I used shells)
Salt and Pepper
Chopped green onions, optional
In your slow cooker, add your chicken, sausage, bell pepper, chili powder, Rotel and chicken broth.  Add in a  big pinch of S&P.  Stir and cover.  Cook on low 6 to 7 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.
About 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve, take two forks and shred your chicken breast right inside the slow cooker.  Then, stir in your spinach and uncooked pasta.  Return the lid, move the heat to high and cook an additional 30 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped green onions.
Simple, right?  All you do is throw in your ingredients and the slow cooker does all the work!  It’s a one pot meal!  And you determine the level of heat too.  For a spicy version, pick a spicy sausage or for a more mild version, pick a more mild sausage.  Hearty and yummy!

Enjoy your supper tonight!

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  • Kerry Forristall January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Totally making this on Sunday in preparation for the bunch of brothers I have coming over to watch the Patriots game:) Thank you!!

  • Cristine Lise January 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Shay! I've made several of your recipes, especially your crockpot recipes, and we love them! I'm curious about the instruction here that the chicken should not be frozen. What is the reason for that? I've noticed before that you've said the chicken can be either thawed or frozen when you add it to the crockpot, and using frozen chicken has worked well for me. Is there a difference with this recipe? Thanks!

  • Paula January 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Looks easy, healthy and yummy! 3 scores! Gonna try it.

  • Mix and Match Mama January 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    You could try with frozen but your sausage is almost never frozen, so the cooking times between the two meats would be off. That's all :).

  • hillary January 15, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Yum. Adding this to next week's meals! Thank you!