I doubled this recipe. I used extra virgin olive oil, added about 12 cloves fresh minced garlic, fire roasted canned tomatoes, two large red/yellow peppers, turkey pepperoni and one large can of olives that I chopped. I added my own pizza seasoning (basil, oregano, red pepper flake, Splenda brown sugar, fresh ground pepper, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, fennel, paprika, little lemon pepper seasoning, parmesan cheese.) Because the soup wasn't as tomato-y as I'd like, I did add two cans of organic tomato sauce. It's a good base recipe for me to start with, but I needed it a little more hearty for this to be my soup for the week. I ended up sauteeing the vegetables and adding them with the rest of the ingredients in my large crockpot to cook all day. It smells SO good. I really didn't need the added cheese, it stood well on it's own. Next time, I'd like to add a little more chopped veggies or maybe some ground turkey sausage or ground chicken.
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I doubled this recipe. I used extra virgin olive oil, added about 12 cloves fresh minced...