Easy Minestrone Recipe
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Easy Minestrone Recipe

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“This is a wonderful recipe to put together in the morning and forget about the rest of the day,” assures Yvonne Andrus of American Fork, Utah. “I have three small boys who are not big fans of vegetables, but they especially enjoy this hearty soup.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 149 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 798mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 9g protein


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Just before serving, stir in macaroni; heat through. Serve with cheese. Yield: 10 servings (about 3-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Easy Minestrone in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p30

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Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"not much flavor for being in a slow cooker all day."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I don't care for cabbage so I substituted spinach. This just didn't have that much flavor."

Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"So easy! I choped all the vegetables the night before and put them in the crock pot with the beans and stored it in the fridge overnight, then added the broth and seasoning in the morning. I didn't even have to get up any earlier to get the crock pot started before work!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"It is very good, I did add some fresh parsley and I used tomatoes that I had canned over the summer. It was very flavorful. I like it because it is low fat and filling."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This was great! I recommend letting people put in the amount of pasta they want though"

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