Sep 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone

"Slow cooking this family favorite soup allows all the flavors and spices to intensify and delivers a delicious, hearty meal every one is sure to enjoy. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for dipping." -Recipe by laura


6 cups vegetable broth
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
Bush's Best Light Red Kidney Beans
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 cup green beans
1 small zucchini
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup elbow macaroni
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

  • Combine vegetable broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, celery, carrots, green beans, zucchini, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt, thyme, and black pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.
  • Stir spinach and macaroni into minestrone; cook another 15 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese.

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