Potato Minestrone Recipe
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Potato Minestrone Recipe

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Let the aroma of this savory soup waft through your home while you get ready for the holidays. I only have to slice some bread and prepare a salad to have dinner ready. For a thicker soup, mash half of the garbanzo beans before adding them to the slow cooker. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 172 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 943 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir in spinach and the peas and carrots; cook 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Potato Minestrone in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p36

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"It was easy but we didn't care for the flavor"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"I have been making this recipe for years. It's our favorite soup. Sometimes I substitute quick cooking barley for the potatoes. It's delicious both ways!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015 Edited Jan. 13, 2015

"This soup is fantastic! Even my veggie-phobic fiance enjoyed it! I had a bag of fresh Idaho potatoes on hand so I peeled and diced three small ones into hash brown sized cubes; they cooked nicely during the 8 hours in the crock pot. I also used fresh baby carrots cut into small pieces and let them cook for the whole 8 hours. They cooked very well, too! This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"I cut the recipe in half as since our household now consists of only two. Made more than 6 servings as we had roast chicken sandwiches also. It was great. My husband is sweetly tolerant of some of the recipes I try. However, "This soup is a keeper" is a great recommendation from him - me too!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"This soup was great! It smelled wonderful simmering all day, and was easy to put together. I mashed half of the garbanzo beans as suggested and my whole family loved it. I served it with dinner rolls. It was a very tasty, filling soup."

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