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Way better than the soup from that popular Italian restaurant chain, this minestrone soup is bursting with hearty flavors and is made easily in the slow cooker!  Vegetables, beans and pasta are simmered in a rich vegetable broth to make a soul-warming soup. | #minestrone #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #copycat #souprecipe
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3.95 from 19 votes

Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Incredibly flavorful and rich, this minestrone soup is every bit as hearty as it is beautiful. Made easily in the slow cooker, this soup is perfect for a busy weeknight!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 270kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • parmesan rind, or 1" chunk of parmesan
  • 2-3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups fat free vegetable stock or broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable base
  • 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed

ADD 20-25 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING

  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups dried ditalini or other small pasta

ADD 5 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING

  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Add first 15 ingredients to 6 quart or larger slow cooker.  Stir to combine, cover, and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before you want to serve the soup, add zucchini and ditalini pasta, stir, cover and cook on HIGH for 20-25 minutes.
  • 5 minutes before serving, add in frozen green beans and baby spinach, stir, cover and cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  • When serving, if desired, grate parmesan cheese over the soup and enjoy!

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Notes

As written, the green beans are semi-crisp.  If you prefer softer green beans, add them when you add in the zucchini and pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1556mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3825IU | Vitamin C: 20.7mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4.1mg