Crock-pots can be a woman’s best friend
Published 11:42 am Saturday, March 12, 2016
By Amy Gauthier
Balance. If you’re anything like me, balance is a challenge. We have children to rouse, breakfast to serve and who can forget the never-ending search for that other mitten or winter boot on our way out the door? And that’s just the beginning.
Let’s not forget our professional challenges and events that require long hours away from home. So, this time of year, how do you balance time, nutrition and sanity in your everyday life?
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Behold, the Crock-Pot. I’ll share one of my first and favorite Crock-Pot dishes with you today.
Slow-Cooker Tortellini Soup
1 3/4 cups diced carrots (3 medium)
1 3/4 cups diced yellow onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 (28 ounce) cans whole Roma tomatoes
1 (32 ounce) carton vegetable broth
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
16 ounce refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
3/4 cup heavy cream
Parmesan, shredded, for serving
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute longer. Pour mixture into a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker, along with tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves and sugar. Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Remove bay leaves then puree mixture well with an emulsion blender or carefully in small batches in a blender. If your slow cooker doesn’t keep all the moisture in well while cooking, you may need to add in 1/2 cup water or so at this point so the soup isn’t too thick. Stir in tortellini, cover and cook on high heat 15 minutes longer (or until heated through). Reduce heat to warm. Stir in heavy cream. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
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