Made this today for our lunch and I cooked it on the stovetop. I followed the instructions and used pasta and for DHs bowl I did add some rotissere chicken for some meat. Oh yes, I did cut it down for the two of us. Thank you for a wonderful soup! Made for New Kids on the Block tag game I since I tagged it "Tinkerbell" has made and reviewed it.
This was a big hit with me & my kids! DH will try it today for lunch. It's been real chilly here, certainly not as cold as it was for you when you created this recipe, but enough that a hot, healthy soup cooking in the crock pot made the house feel even warmer and more inviting. I soaked my dried navy beans overnight and then just added them to the crock pot without pre-cooking. I had orange, yellow and green peppers, so I used some of each and I left out the mushrooms. I used the rice option to make this gluten free, but I put it in too early for my newest crock pot that cooks everything in half the time (always on low). We were eating a very early dinner (3pm) because we wouldn't be home til after 10pm, so I thought the rice would be fine. I ended up adding a second helping of rice about 2pm. The first rice simply made the soup a little thicker, the flavor wasn't altered. Thank you for sharing your delicious and comforting creation with us, Demelza! Made & enjoyed for the Topic Of The Month forum's Soup-Fest 2011 Tag Game. :)