Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Recipe
- 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
- 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.
- Stir in the beans, spinach and macaroni. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 7 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
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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.
I made this recipe tonight and it was absolutely amazing! The pepperoni gave it great flavor. The only thing I would do is add some additional liquid as this ended up being very thick.
I would add a little more moisture-water or broth. I substituted vegetable broth for chicken granules & add water to = 2c.
Almost thought I was at Olive Garden!
This was a great recipe! My husband and I loved it and I look forward to making it again.
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