Friday Food : Pizza Soup & Upgraded 5-Ingredient Chicken

There is a local diner where I live, and a few years ago I discovered they make this stuff called pizza soup. I LOVE this soup, I would stalk their restaurant and keep the monthly menus so I knew which day they would serve my finding. Luckily for me it was usually the same night as pork chop night. I heart pork chops, I do not heart making them. Local diner price of about 8 bucks provided me with 2 chops, potatoes, soup and a salad! More than enough for dinner and leftovers for the next day’s lunch. After recently splurging and bringing home a quart I said to myself, “Self, you could make this”. As I often say, but then never act upon the discussion. This time it was different! This time I recreated my finding. I present to you my version of pizza soup.

Pizza Soup

What you will need

  • 1 can (14 oz) pizza sauce
  • 1 can (2.25 oz) black olives
  • 1 package (4 oz) pepperoni minis (I used Hormel brand)
  • 1 large green pepper (seeded & diced)
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz Italian sausage
  • optional: grated cheese


  1. In a skillet, prepare sausage. If using a sausage roll (ex. Bob Evans) cut 1/4 of the log
  2. Set aside
  3. In a large pot combine pizza sauce, 1 jar of water and diced tomatoes.
  4. Heat and stir on high appx 5 minutes
  5. Add black olives, tomatoes and pepperoni
  6. Heat and stir on high 10-15 minutes, careful not to boil over
  7. Add sausage and allow to simmer 5 minutes
  8. Optional: Top with cheese when serving

Next, I would like to share an upgrade to a recipe my Mom taught me a few months ago. Many of you have probably seen, and perhaps even tried the quick and easy 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken idea? Well, I decided I would make it, since it is SO AMAZINGLY GOOD, only this time instead of rice I would use quinoa! Moment of truth…I’ve actually never had quinoa before. Yes, I went to the runners’ dinner a few months back, but that was right before my heart stuff and I was having such unbearable anxiety I wasn’t eating anything.

Upgraded 5 Ingredient Chicken
What you will need
  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 package Italian seasoning (dry dressing)


  1. In a slow cooker combine cream of  chicken, cream cheese, quinoa, 2 cups water and Italian seasoning
  2. Blend by stirring
  3. Cook on high 2-3 hours
  4. Remove lid and stir
  5. Add chicken and cook on low 4-6 hours
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Photos & Comments

I understand a lot of people will want other items in their soup. Add garlic, add bay leaves, add mushrooms and onions to your hearts content. Personally I like a soup that is more stuffing than liquid, but if you do not then use less of what I have listed. You know how it works to adjust.

You’ll find with a lot of my recipes I go with a very base taste. This is because I live alone and have to get to eat this stuff for many many meals. Sometimes, I add spices when I serve it on its own. Other times I serve it with something and need it to blend better so I keep the base simple.

No joke, I loved how this soup turned out, excellent with or without the cheese. I may not be buying it from the place down the street anymore! I may not even give this stuff out. Yum!

About the chicken dish. Yes, I understand it isn’t attractive. I really wanted it to be pretty, but instead of eye-porn you get tongue-porn. If you want, cook the chicken on its own and only slow cook the other aspects and serve it more as a main/side dish combination.

I LOVE how the chicken gets so tender it falls apart and I can just make it a big stirred bowl of amazing.

Be CAREFUL with your times. BOTH times I’ve made this recipe. 1x with rice 1x with quinoa I allowed it to slow cook more like 6-8 hours. The chicken dried out a little and the rice/quinoa started to brown and harden against the sides of my slow cooker. A majority (90%) of the batch was still fine…times are estimated as with anything.

I’ve had people ask why I don’t use the reduced fat or fat free cream cheese. CC isn’t good for you no matter how you look at it, agreed? Well, when I look at the back of a normal package of CC it has say 5 things that go into it…when I look at the back of the fat free it has about 25 things most of which sound like chemicals. I prefer the 5.

And yes, I’m using cream cheese again. No they don’t pay me to do this. Man I’d be rich! Also no other brand names I dropped asked me to do it either.

What have you made in the kitchen lately? Are you on team quinoa?

3 thoughts on “Friday Food : Pizza Soup & Upgraded 5-Ingredient Chicken

  1. Ooohh pizza soup! Never heard of it but I love soups. My kiddos and Mr. are just so-so about soups but I think they might love this one with breadsticks & a salad. Thanks for sharing!

    I am one of the few runner/healthy eating bloggers that are NOT on Team QuInoa. I tried so hard to join that bandwagon but the texture is off to me and once my kids decided they didn't like it I've stuck to other foods. It's so healthy that I wish we loved it but sadly no.

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