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Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup


Submitted by Heather Thomas

The colder months seem to create the need for warm, comfy, home-cooked meals more than any other time of year. Busy schedules and active families often make it more difficult to fuel families with healthy foods with time to spare. That’s where your kitchen companion, the slow cooker, can help you out!

Here is an easy chicken noodle soup to try first.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup

Ingredients

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

4 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 stalks celery, cut into ½-inch pieces

1 medium onion, halved

2 garlic cloves, smashed

2 bay leaves

kosher salt and black pepper

½ cup small pasta (such as star pasta or alphabet)

¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

crackers, for serving if desired

Directions

1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 6 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

2. Cook, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours (the low setting will make total cooking time 8½ hours).

3. Twenty minutes before serving, transfer the chicken to a bowl. Remove and discard the onion and bay leaves. If the slow cooker is on the low setting, turn it to high. Add the pasta to the slow cooker, cover, and cook until tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, shred the chicken. When the pasta is cooked, stir the chicken into the soup along with the parsley. Serve with the crackers, if desired.

 

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