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Slow-Cooker Minestrone

There's nothing quite like the comfort of warm, homemade soup, and it's even better when your slow cooker will do most of the work for you! This slow-cooker minestrone is easy to put together, but has all the flavor of a high-effort dish. —Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (32 ounces) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 cups V8 or tomato juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Combine the first 13 ingredients in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, on high until pasta is tender, about 30 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves. If desired, top with grated Parmesan cheese. Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 165 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 813mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • squeakymouse
    Apr 12, 2020

    This was quite good. I used chicken broth and tomato juice...just kept adding until I had the right consistency and quantity for my family.

  • Mouser's Mom
    Feb 14, 2020

    This was delicious. I made a few adjustments. No celery as I don’t like celery or green beans and used hot and spicy v8 juice. And added Italian sausage. Yummy. Highly recommend