It's officially fall and the weather is chilly! Even here in South Florida it's 61 degrees, which to us is freezing! (I know, sorry my friends up north. 61 is nothing to cry about... but, still!) No matter where you live, everybody loves a good comfort soup, right? There is nothing better than a satisfying, healthy, hot soup... except for hot soup that cooks itself in the crockpot! YAY!!!
I am obessed with the my crockpot! Why? Because I love throwing stuff in there and having dinner cook itself while I'm out and about during the busy day. If you have a crockpot, you know what I'm talking about! Also, if you have crockpot, you may have experienced recipes that come out sort of like mush and less like the delicious meal you were expecting. Full disclosure here, I have attempted many a soup recipe in my crock pot only to be disappointed by the flavor and consistency. This is why I'm SO excited to share this recipe with you!! OMG, it is super duper delicious!! The mush factor works for this recipe, not against it. There are healthy, white beans in the recipe and they sort of mush/melt during the cooking time, but this actually ends up to be a good thing! It gives the soup it's hearty, and almost creamy-like texture, with out any of the fattening cream. It's brilliant! It's satisfying and delicious! It's packed with nutrients! It's comforting! It feeds a bunch of people! And, now it's yours, from me to you. :)
3 chicken breasts
3T Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base (reduced sodium)
1/2 C uncooked white rice (or brown, if you prefer)
1/2 C yellow onion chopped
2-5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t - 1t dried oregano
8-10 fresh basil leaves, torn (or 1-2 tsp. dried basil)
1 15 oz. can of navy beans drained + rinsed (or any small, white bean)
1 15 oz. jar of diced tomatoes or tomato puree
6 C water
8 C fresh spinach coarsely chopped
Borsari original seasoned salt (or plain salt)
freshly ground pepper
*shredded asiago cheese for topping
*favorite seasoned croutons for topping
Layer the chicken breasts on the bottom of crockpot.
Add the Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base on to the chicken
Add the remainder of ingredients, except for the fresh spinach and salt and pepper.
Low 5-7 hours. When finished cooking pull the chicken apart with 2 forks.
Stir in the chopped, fresh spinach.
Season with Borsari original seasoned salt + freshly ground pepper as needed.
Top with shredded asiago cheese and your favorite seasoned croutons.
Please let me know if you make this delicious recipe! I'd love to know how your creation turned out for you.
Wishing you all a healthy fall and winter season!
Mary Evert, Creator