Italian Countryside Soup

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Italian Countryside Soup (slow cooker)

What makes this soup great soup is that it is light but still hardy. Recipe adapted from my Crockpot cookbook.

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1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (undrained)
2 cans cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
2 small to medium zucchinis, chopped
1-2 cups frozen cut green beans
4 cups chicken stock or broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 T dried basil
1 package kielbasa, chopped
1 small package of cheese-filled tortellini

Sauté onions and bell peppers in olive oil until tender. Add to crockpot. Then, add cannelloni beans, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, spices, and chicken broth. Set on high for 3 1/2 hours. Add tortellini and sausage and continue to cook for another 25-30 minutes or until tortellini is tender. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!

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