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Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

 Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
“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
7 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours

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

Directions

  • 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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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.