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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 does 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 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir in beans, zucchini and pasta. Cook, covered, on high about 30 minutes longer, until pasta is tender. 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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  • punkyandgeorge90
    Oct 28, 2020

    Very tasty. I used half hot and spicy vegetable juice and the other half low sodium vegetable juice. I also substituted navy beans for the kidney beans, as that's what I had on hand. Was delicious.

  • 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