Sunday, February 20, 2011

Meatball Soup in the Crock

Here's a hearty soup to chase away the last bit of winter. Imagine chunky meatballs floating around with peppers and onions in a tomato bath. Yum!!

1 (16-oz.) pkg. frozen cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
1 cup frozen pearl onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, undrained
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry, thawed, drained
1oz. (1/4 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

In 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker, combine meatballs, onions, salt and tomatoes; mix well.

Cover; cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, in small bowl, blend flour and water until smooth. Stir flour mixture into stew. Stir in bell pepper and onion stir-fry. Increase heat setting to high; cover and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until stew has thickened and bell peppers are thoroughly heated. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.

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