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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?


  • ceciliam
    October 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I don't think I have ever done a slow cooker soup but now I have to try! Maybe tomorrow...hhhmmmm.

  • Kainalu55
    October 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    i'm always looking for slow cooker recipes

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    October 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    I love minnestrone, it is full of antioxidants.

  • alliesmom112
    October 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM
    Yummy! Chicken noodle is my fave
  • Madelaine
    October 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM


  • millerbunch
    October 27, 2011 at 10:56 PM

     of course :)

    pkg of sausage links (ex.  johnsonville brats)
    1-2 onions diced
    2-3 cloves of garlic
    2 cans of white beans (ex. navy or great northern) rinsed and drained
    28. oz of chopped tomatoes
    seasonings to taste..
    poke holes in the sausage link casing.. and cook with a little water until boiling, then cook on low/med until browned turning occasionally.  set aside..
    add garlic and onion to a pot and cook, then add rest of ingredients.. slice the sausage up and add to the bean mixture..  cook on low for about 2 hrs..

    you can also do all this in a crock pot.. just cook on low for 6 hrs.

    Quoting amonkeymom:

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

    Quoting millerbunch:

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


  • aneela
    by aneela
    October 28, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    thanks for sharing

  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    October 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

     Sounds soo yummy ! I want some, but I dont think anyone in my house would eat it :(

  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    October 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

     I bet it would taste amazing if you got the veggies from your local farmers market too !

  • Cafe Veronica
    October 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Sounds good!! :)

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