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Healthy Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is an Italian soup that can be made any number of ways…I love that, because my favorite way to cook, especially soup, is to throw in whatever I have available. One thing all minestrones have in common is that they are loaded with vegetables.

I love soup, but I don’t always want creamy or dense. This vegetable minestrone is super hearty, but not heavy. It is FULL of healthy vegetables with just enough protein from the beans. My kids love the little noodles and dipping in a big crusty piece of bread and better (carbs much?! Oh well, at least they’re getting in the veggies). Although it’s snowing outside, I’m dreaming of making this soup again when my garden is in full swing! It is so fresh and delicious.

Buon appetito!

Healthy Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Yields 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 28oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (one cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 32oz vegetable broth* (not needed until day of cooking)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pasta(I use ditallini) (not needed until day of cooking)

*If your broth is low sodium, you might need to add 1/2-1 teaspoon salt to bring out the flavors of the vegetables.  Simply taste-test the soup before serving and add if necessary.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except pasta) in crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Add pasta and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

To Freeze and Cook Later

Label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (three months from when you prepped the meal).  To your freezer bag, add all ingredients, except broth and pasta.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight or in morning in water.  Add to crockpot with 32oz vegetable broth and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Add pasta for an additional 30 minutes.

Garnish with fresh parmesan and serve with warm, crusty bread.


Jill Petrush Rogers is an artist and former bookbuyer/seller. Jill recently moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tom, and their two energy-filled boys. Jill loves to channel her creativity by coming up with recipes as a contributing writer for New Leaf Wellness.

3 Comments

  • Deb says:

    Hi! I have a 4 quart slow cooker, so I should probably cut this recipe in half. Since you’ve made it and I haven’t, would you agree with that guess? Thanks for your help. Your recipes and ideas have been awesome.

    • Kelly says:

      I’d hate to cut it in half because you’ll be left with half a can of diced tomatoes, kidney beans, etc. I would probably decrease the broth to 3 cups and leave out the zucchini or green beans (if necessary).

      • Deb says:

        I would just make a full recipe and put it in two bags. That’s how I roll. 🙂 Happy to leave out the zucchini. Mommy doesn’t do zucchini. All right, I’ll experiment and make it go. Thanks for the quick reply!

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