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Easy Minestrone

“This is a wonderful recipe to put together in the morning and forget about the rest of the day,” assures Yvonne Andrus of American Fork, Utah. “I have three small boys who are not big fans of vegetables, but they especially enjoy this hearty soup.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (about 3-1/4 quarts)


  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Just before serving, stir in macaroni; heat through. Serve with cheese.

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  • tracykontny
    Oct 22, 2019

    I have made this several times. It is very good.

  • bmasse12
    Mar 15, 2014

    not much flavor for being in a slow cooker all day.

  • mjlouk
    Sep 24, 2011

    I don't care for cabbage so I substituted spinach. This just didn't have that much flavor.

  • lrudolf
    May 1, 2011

    So easy! I choped all the vegetables the night before and put them in the crock pot with the beans and stored it in the fridge overnight, then added the broth and seasoning in the morning. I didn't even have to get up any earlier to get the crock pot started before work!

  • Kitchen Gnome
    Feb 5, 2011

    It is very good, I did add some fresh parsley and I used tomatoes that I had canned over the summer. It was very flavorful. I like it because it is low fat and filling.

  • ilovecookingsomuch
    Oct 18, 2010

    This was great! I recommend letting people put in the amount of pasta they want though

  • Sprowl
    Oct 19, 2009

    Don't know why it only put one star--I say 5 stars???

  • Sprowl
    Oct 19, 2009

    Since its just 2 in our family now, I made this soup the first time without the macaroni--delicious (brought what I thought was two nights dinner to mom and she ate it all at once)The second night I added 1/2 cup macaroni and sliced up chicken sausage. It made it a completely different meal and was delicious. So this is a keeper!

  • tinahenry
    Oct 13, 2009

    Absolutely delicious! My husband and I couldn't get enough of it. Will keep with my favorite recipes and use often, especially on chilly nights.

  • dhernstedt
    Nov 19, 2008

    VERY good. Since i am breastfeeding and cabbage to my baby is a no-no, I added 1 more small carrot and a large and medium zuccini and i watched the soup whole family loved it. Even my husband who does not like minestrone.