Great soup! I used sweet Italian sausage, instead of hot (I'm feeding kids). I sauteed the sausage with the pepper, onion, and celery in a little cooking spray. Then I dumped that into my crock pot with all the rest of the ingredients, except for the pasta. I used tomato juice instead of red wine, and diced Italian style tomatoes for the whole tomatoes. I let it cook on low all day long, and then added the pasta at the end and let it cook on high for 30 minutes. This made a very nice soup that was delicious and kid friendly, and packed with veggies. Next time, I think I will double the broth so I can add even more veggies, such as green beans, carrots, green pepper, yellow squash, kidney beans, spinach, parsley, etc. Though, I thought the broth to ingredients ratio with the recipe as written was perfectly fine. But then, I prefer a thick, almost chili or stew-like soup.
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Great soup! I used sweet Italian sausage, instead of hot (I'm feeding kids). I sauteed the...