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Slow Cooker Chunky Minestrone
by whoorl
October 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I wasn't kidding when I said that my favorite family recipes would be heavy on the slow cooker, so why change course now? This next one is SO easy that it shouldn't even be allowed to taste so good, and my kids love it! (Now, in all honesty, they don't eat it as a soup. I pull the little pasta shells, beans and zucchini out and put them on a plate for them. They eat it right up, though!)

Minestrone is one of my very favorite dishes, especially with a generous sprinking of shaved Parmesan cheese on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about...good thing I have some for leftovers tonight!

Slow Cooker Chunky Minestrone 
5 cups vegetable broth
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup water
1 white onion , chopped
1 zucchini , quartered and sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
6 ounces small pasta shells, uncooked
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I use shaved)

[1] Combine the broth, tomatoes, beans, spinach, water, onion, zucchini, olive oil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper in the slow cooker. 

[2] Cook on low for 5-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving, add pasta, season liberally with salt and pepper and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. Serve in individual bowls and top with cheese.

I love warming up to hot bowl of soup on a chilly night! What are some of your favorite soup recipes?


  • itsblissmas
    October 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    I've never been into minestrone either. But thanks for sharing. I might try it sometime anyway!

  • slw123
    by slw123
    October 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I'm a beef stew kind of girl.

  • fryshannon34
    October 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Any kind of soup is a favorite to me! We love soup

  • babyboxfish
    October 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    thank you for sharing!

  • onecuteladybug2
    October 27, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    I really enjoy Butternut Squash soup.

  • MomX3ThatsMe
    October 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    I don't really make soup... ever!  I just buy Campbells!

  • lhunt8
    by lhunt8
    October 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    This sounds great!
  • amonkeymom
    October 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I'd love to make sausage & bean.  Do you have a recipe?

    Quoting millerbunch:

     we like corn chowder, sausage/bean, potato, beff stew...

  • Leelee1008
    October 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    eh Idk about this one. im not a big soup but im sure its good for you soupies!

  • ceciliam
    October 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    This sounds really good!

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