My husband and I created this recipe to replicate the minestrone soup at our favorite Italian restaurant. It's nice to have this ready to eat for our evening meal on days when we have a real busy schedule. To make the soup vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of beef.—Alice Peacock, Grandview, Missouri
Chock-full of potatoes, this vegetarian soup is as filling as it is flavorful. Serve on cold winter nights with crusty bread or take a thermos-full to work; with this in store, you'll really look forward to lunch! —Hannah Thompson, Scotts Valley, California
"I work full time and have a family of four," relates Theresa Jackson of Cicero, New York. "We sit down to a home-cooked meal just about every night, many times thanks to my slow cooker. This hearty soup is often on the menu."
For a vegetarian chili that meat lovers would like, this recipe is healthy and tastes great. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then the chili simmers in the slow cooker leaving me free to do something else. I top bowls with shredded cheddar cheese.—Connie Barnett, Athens, Georgia
“I adapted this recipe from several I found online,” says Corrie Gamache of Palmyra, Virginia. “When I was a vegetarian for health reasons, it was a favorite. Even my meat loving husband asked for seconds!”
Looking for a change from typical vegetable soup? Try this hearty combination from Jennifer Honeycutt of Nashville, Tennessee. A tasty broth has tender chunks of pork and a bounty of veggies, including carrots, green beans, diced tomatoes and corn.
I'm currently retired and an Assistant Scout Master of a troop. I've taught boys to cook for 35 years. This is a nice recipe for teaching basic cooking skills. Plus, the soup cooks all day, leaving you free to do other things.—Earnest Riggs, Niles, Michigan