A hug in a bowl… Slow cooker pasta soup.


I don’t know where in the world you are as you’re reading this, but here in Blighty the weather is just how you’d expect it to be in January. Wet and chilly. Days like this cry out for comfort food, but this soon after Christmas I wanted something warming and wholesome rather rich and indulgent. This humble broth certainly fills the brief.

We all know a good soup starts with a great stock, and what could be better than homemade free range turkey courtesy of our Christmas roast?


Leeks, carrots, cavolo nero, celery, a clove of garlic, bay leaf, sprig of rosemary and thyme and a couple of sage leafs provide the veg component, and a couple of handfuls of small pasta such as conchigliette gave us some comforting carbs.


Chop all the veg, throw it in the slow cooker along with the pasta and stock and cook on high for a few hours until everything is nicely cooked through. About an half an hour before serving I added some shredded cooked chicken, but of course you can omit this, or add raw chicken at the beginning. Check the seasoning and add a squeeze of lemon. Simple supper, super taste.

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