THERE IS NO REASON THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A CROCK POT, especially since she asks that the chicken already be cooked. I think she is trying to cheat her way into a mirepoix but it doesn't work like that. Save yourself some steps and precious time: I just used my soup pot, threw the veggies in the bottom with some oil, and sauteed them quickly. Then I added the stock, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning. I skipped the basil because there is already basil in italian seasoning and I added garlic and paprika. I brought it to just above a simmer and let the veggies soften up. Then I added the beans and half a box of uncooked rotini pasta. As soon as the pasta seemed done, I added the cooked, shredded chicken and the leafy greens and let them warm up. And then I served it. It should take like an hour to cook, not seven. Dislaimer: I thought I put in 6 cups of stock, but I felt like I needed more, as the soup seemed very crowded when it was done. I'm also a bit of an eye-baller so take my words with a grain of salt.
What a great meal prep idea! I love that I can prep this weeks in advance and pop it in the freezer when I'm ready to cook. Awesome time saver.