Are you now channeling Dean Martin and singing about pizza pie? Can you guess the theme of the recipe I’m sharing today?
The husband and I love hot wings. And we love pizza. Again, things that are not so great for you when you’re trying to shed a couple of pounds.
When I started Weight Watchers 2 years ago, my major concern was depriving myself of things that I really enjoy eating. And being cranky about it. And snapping. Like “I haven’t eaten a cheeseburger in 4 months and I look so great…but I am going to walk into that fast food restaurant ,drop some ‘bows on children, hop the counter, shove down 12 cheeseburgers and 5 orders of fries. And a diet coke, because duh, I’m on a diet!”
So I found a way to make the diet work for me – not me work for the diet. And it makes me more child friendly too.
I simply found ways to make the things I craved. One day, going through my recipe box of some family recipes, I stumbled upon a soup I remember LOVING as a kid that my mom made. Hm. I modified it a little, plugged it in to my recipe builder and told the husband – “I’m going to make us pizza soup.”
He drooled a little. He loves pizza – I mean, we all do – but he reallllly loves it. And now – he reallly loves pizza soup! (Still not as much as regular pizza…but it’s up there!)
I forgot how amazing this was – so now I’m sharing the amazingness with you. Make this. Make a bunch of it and have some leftovers at lunch. Your co-workers will be jealous. And then you can share it with them – if you’re feeling generous.
Pizza Soup (makes 4 bowls…aka serves 2, wink wink)
8 oz. ground extra lean turkey breast (or ground beef or ground chicken)
1 can Campbell’s Minestrone soup
14 oz. jar pizza sauce
14 oz. water
Turkey pepperoni (I use about 30 slices)
5-6 dashes Tabasco, more if you dare (we do)
4 Tbsp. shredded fat-free mozzarella
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat your saucepan to medium. Cook turkey, breaking into crumbles as you go. Drain if needed. Reduce heat to medium-low.
Add your pizza sauce. Then, refill the jar with water and add water to saucepan. Stir to combine.
Add the can of Minestrone soup, stir to combine. Add Tabasco sauce, salt (about 1/4 tsp.) and pepper (about 1/8 tsp.) and stir.
Slice your pepperoni into halves and quarters (I do about 15 each way) and add pepperoni to the saucepan. Mix well and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes until bubbling, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Serve soup and top each bowl with 1 Tbsp. shredded mozzarella.
Yes, that’s it. A meal that is warm, delicious, filling and ready in about 30 minutes.
Now THAT is Amore.
I have to try this!
Yes, I was hoping the photos would finally sway you! Hope y’all have a safe trip this weekend – I want to see a picture of the beautiful bride!
It IS super yummy! I will say for those of you who haven’t tried turkey yet and still hold out for meat, much like I do, it is really good with the turkey. My kiddos even prefer it that way! Just takes a little longer to brown the turkey than it does to brown the meat!
I’m glad you branched out and tried the turkey! It might take a little longer, but I love that you don’t have to really drain it like you do ground beef! Thanks for the comment Biffage!
Gosh, do I ever remember how you and your sister loved this soup. Must give your version a try with the turkey! Yummy Is the recipe cut down from mine? I thought it fed more mouths! ha ha
Yes I cut it in half – which should make 4 servings, but we can’t help ourselves. =)
Ok I’m not a good cook. A friend of mine once gave me a magnet stating ‘I kiss better than I cook’ hoping for better things for my future than my obvious lack of cooking skills. 🙂 Well anyway I tried this recipe and It’s easy enough for me to get right every time and my fiance loves it! Thanks for the recipe!!
Glad y’all like it – and thanks for the comment! Miss you bag!
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