Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Recipe
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Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Recipe

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“I picked up this recipe in California in the ’80s and have been making it ever since. I love it partly because it’s simple to put together and partly because the flavor is so wonderful!” Bonnie Hosman - Young, AZ
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-1/4 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 276 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 974mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 12g fiber), 15g protein


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in the beans, spinach and macaroni. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese.
    Freeze option: Cool soup and transfer to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen soup, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese.
    Yield: 7 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Minestrone Soup in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p19

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"One of our family favorites! I make as is, and then add about 1/4 cup chicken broth to each bowl before serving as it does get very thick."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"We thoroughly enjoyed this one! Next time I'll substitute the pepperoni for spicy Italian sausage (just for variety), but it's still very good as is."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in this soup. The onions nor carrots were tender after 7 hours on low plus 30 minutes on high. Surprisingly, it lacked flavor. I omitted the pasta as it was already so thick after adding 1.5 cans of kidney beans. Not a keeper for us; use your own judgment based on the other reviews. This is my go-to website for recipes and I'm very, very seldom disappointed."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I would add a little more moisture-water or broth. I substituted vegetable broth for chicken granules & add water to = 2c."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"Almost thought I was at Olive Garden!"

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