Slow Cooker Italian Sausage & Spinach Soup

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
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Ingredients

Sausage Meatballs:
  • 1 lb. mild italian sausage, casing removed
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
Soup:
  • 4 cups hot chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and diced
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ head cauliflower, diced
  • 10 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • Grated parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients in medium size bowl. Form into marble-size meatballs.
  2. Combine all the other ingredients (except spinach and grated cheese) in a 4½ quart slow cooker. Add meatballs. Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours.
  3. 10 minutes before serving soup, stir in spinach leaves and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
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