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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

Ingredients

  • 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 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 276 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 974 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Directions

  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. Yield: 7 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Minestrone Soup in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p19

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 276 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 974 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup(9)

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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.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

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.

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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.

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Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

Almost thought I was at Olive Garden!

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

This was a great recipe! My husband and I loved it and I look forward to making it again.

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