I had planned to make a crock pot dish with chicken and broccoli. I had assembled all the ingredients and went to the freezer - yikes! No broccoli! Not even any spinach! The only vegetable available was a lonely bag of Brussels sprouts. Okay, I thought that might be a weird combination, but I decided to give them a chance and I'm glad I did. The dish turned out great! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Place all ingredients except for shell pasta in crock pot in order listed. Cook on low for 6.5 hours.
Stir crock pot ingredients gently to blend all ingredients and make it creamy without breaking apart the Brussels sprouts. Stir in the small shell pasta, ensuring it is covered by liquid (add stock or water if necessary) by pushing it under the surface with a spoon. Cook on low for 30 minutes, until pasta is tender. Plate and enjoy!
NOTE: For those of you who do not cook with wine, you can substitute 1/2 - 3/4 cup chicken broth and 2 - 3 Tbsp each lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.