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Pizza Soup with Garlic Toast Croutons

This comforting soup satisfies our pizza cravings. It's super versatile, too, and I sometimes substitute light Italian sausage for the chicken or add a little Parmesan cheese. Go nuts and add all your favorite pizza toppings! —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, TX
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (about 4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (3 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 package (11-1/4 ounces) frozen garlic Texas toast
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine first nine ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • For croutons, cut Texas toast into cubes; bake according to package directions. Add spinach to soup; heat through, stirring occasionally. Top servings with cheese and warm croutons.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Prepare croutons as directed. Top soup with cheese and croutons.
Health Tip: The cheesy garlic croutons put this soup over the top, but it’s still amazing without them (and a lot leaner: just 150 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving).
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 292 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1081mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • demahi
    Feb 24, 2020

    I followed the recipe exactly as written and found it on the bland side. I think that it needs some spices, like maybe Italian seasoning, oregano, basil or garlic. I don't think I will be making it again.

  • 1Goodfoodlover
    May 13, 2017

    I didn't care for this much. I was wishing I either was eating a slice of Pizza or having a nice bowl of soup. Not Pizza in my soup.

  • Terena
    Apr 21, 2017

    Easy and delicious!

  • curlylis85
    Feb 26, 2017

    Very flavorful and easy. We really loved the garlic toast croutons!