My new go to Minnistrone soup. Tried this tonight and enjoyed it. I added the one ounce of Parmesan cheese rind and the entire thing melted into the soup. Looks delicious! Smells amazing simmering in the crockpot all day. Thanks – my daughter is going to LOVE this! I am inputting this to the WW website recipe builder, 8 servings with pasta is coming up as 5 smart points? I have the fast and slow and I don’t believe it is in that. They DO look like potatoes! Just want to make sure, I am making this tomorrow.  Full of protein and fiber rich beans, nutritious vegetables and filling pasta, it’s a complete meal in a bowl! I LOVE this soup!! It turns out great! Thanks I love your website its awesome! Thanks Gina! Pingback: Build your own homemade soup | My Southern Health, Pingback: 5 Favorite Fall Soup Recipes | Joyful Journey. In 5- to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; combine beef, undrained tomatoes, broth, cannellini beans, kidney beans, carrots, salt, and pepper.Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours. I don't have canned beans, and I want to use what I have. I have a few weeks worth of themes up already for everyone to schedule their crock pot share. Update: I re-made the soup, I added the parmesan rind. Thanks! Would it be one cup? Leftovers freeze well! It was wonderful!! This soup looks so hearty and delicious! Thanks for this amazing website I love it and use it to make 95% of my meals! Also, I love your site, I use your recipes all the time. Do you think adding the spinach too early will ruin it? Freezes well too! . took it to a ladies brunch. Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup is a perfect hearty and comforting soup, perfect for a cool day! It looks yummy! My granddaughter’s favorite! This recipe is super easy to make… the slow cooker does the work for you! I would serve this to my guest. Its prefect WITHOUT it!! I'm confused. The vegetarian base is packed with flavor and the soup … I made this tonight and it was so delicious! . SERVES: 6. Minestrone soup is one of my comfort foods. To keep this low-carb, omit the pasta, you honestly won’t miss it with everything else in this soup. Thank you for sharing, it must taste great. Minestrone just needs kidney beans to me. They may be more concentrated than the vegetable base. I made it on the stove because I was short on time (and added 1/2 can of broth), and I didn't puree the beans, but otherwise I stuck to the recipe. ???? Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth; 2 cups of water; 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes; ½ can tomato paste; 1 cup sliced celery; 1 medium carrot, sliced thin or diced This looks amazing! = 3 tsp. It shows nothing. When you buy real parmesan, that is cut from a wheel, there is a rind on it. I didn't want to add too early for fear that the pasta would get slimy. Served it with.a piece of pita for dipping rather than pasta. I love this! This was delicious! Cannot wait to try it! I cooked on the stove since it was later in the evening before I got to start (cause I have a crazy fear of leaving the crock pot unattended). Jen. I'm only asking because I'm not a bean fan but know I should be eating them! I just made this tonight with my instant pot (also acts as a crock pot and sauté). It felt so healthy and fresh. Thanks, Gina. It’s the perfect amount of everything and that vegetable stock just completely takes it to the next level. I've got some of this cooking right now! EXTREMELY flavorful! I leave out the pasta and add in turkey meatballs.  Â. I don't like beans either, but I went for your tip to puree them and was so happy I did. One problem I had the next day though is all the juices were gone almost like the vegetables absorbed them. is all I can say. I almost doubled the recipe and needed to add more broth when I added kale and zucchini to it. Wow what a great trick! Mmmm good timing. Thank you for sharing! Blending the beans with the chicken broth really created some nice body and flavor. I made this again last night and as always it was fantastic. I just started WW and have a question about the points. This soup is so delicious and easy to make! This came out soo good – even my fussy 12yr old loved it! 5pp even with veggie stock instead of chicken stock? , OMG this was awesome! Top notch soup.. made it tonight and the husband loved it! Worked perfectly! Next the grated parmesan-reggiano on top was key! Yes please! Yes,,  excellent flavored my husband had three dishes. Slow cooker minestrone soup is the perfect easy weeknight meal. and the chicken cacciatore is in the crockpot for tonight! Will definitely keep doing this step. I can honestly say this soup was just as good (if not better) than any restaurant and more weight loss friendly. My husband will eat healthy, but he has this thing about meals with no meat. My husband was not excited about eating soup for dinner but after his third bowl and telling me numerous times how much he loved it, I think he is a believer. This is the best minestrone soup ever! Instructions In a crock pot, combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herbs, parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper. I live alone, so I freeze this soup in 1 cup containers and just defrost some when i do not feel like cooking. Made plenty and was still good after freezing. This site uses cookies to help provide the best user experience. The soup had such a great flavor. Thanks for a great recipe!! Can't wait to taste it in a few hours. I had no idea what a difference adding a parmesan rind would make! Stove top is better for this soup in my opinion. This looks so yummy. @KMW- That's great! Add all the ingredients, except for the spinach and pasta, to the bowl of your slow cooker, ending with the broth and water. Thanks! Thank you for helping me try new foods and recipes, and making them so tasty. Thank you for sharing!! Thirty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach. One tip–I buy a big bunch of parsley, use the amount for this recipe, and then freeze the rest in 1/4 cup portions to pull out the next time I make it. The Recipe For Low Sodium Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup. So yummy and comforting on this stormy day!!! Cook for about 8-10 minutes, then stir in green beans and spinach and cook another 3-5 minutes. I added 2 cups dry and it used the majority of my broth in my instant pot, had to add more. I have to add that my initial soup tasted MUCH better the day after, it had so much more flavor somehow? Thank you so much for all your hard work and delicious recipes! This recipe looks great, however I cannot eat cheese. I would appreciate knowing how many carbs per serving without the pasta.. Made this tonight. Absolutely love this reciepe! Or should I cook it separate and add it in the end? This is a very hardy tasting soup that can be served for dinner! Brilliant! Baby was crying and I got flustered .. is that ok? I was wondering if you could use refried beans instead of puree white beans, thats what I have on hand? . Thank you so much! Highly recommend. You can omit or sub for any other type of squash (or what you have on hand). My carniverous friend loves it. Add in garlic and sauté for 5 minutes more. http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/09/twenty-slow-cooker-soups-perfect-for.html. Thanks! Normally, I reduce recipes in half (or more) since its just my husband and I but this one I keep at the larger capacity because I love having it on hand for lunch! Yum . Thank you for a healthy, warm and cozy recipe! So hearty and delicious! Did not have fresh basil either. Also, my daughter doesn't like beans. Let me know what you think! November 29, 2020 By The Neon Kitchen Leave a Comment. Thanks. And yes, my picky eater even loved it! Tara it sounds like you overcooked the pasta before you added it. Another great recipe. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Thanks for sharing!! I made this soup last week!! I’ll have to freeze some for later. Cooking soup in a slow cooker is so easy, you can set it and forget it with a just a few easy steps and 10 minutes hands on. I made this in the instant pot and it didn’t come out right. Thank you so much Gina!! Made this tonight and it was fabulous. I still have one portion left in the freezer and I'm still looking forward to eating it. Cannot wait to try this recipe out; it looks delicious! I dont have white beans, can I use black beans? This is great with sautéed chicken sausage. This recipe looks so good that I wanted to make it for a family get-together this weekend. I pureed half the beans and left the other have as is. They add so much flavor. I did completely vegetarian and followed each step. I usually love beans in casseroles and whatnot, but here, it seems to work better that way Also a big fan of spinach, mmm ^ ^ Thanks for sharing! Soup is high on the list! Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender. Do you know what it would be without? I made this in the crockpot and it came out amazing! Excellent recipe! I doubled this recipe for my family of 4 and had some leftover for my lunch the next day–perfect! I omitted the Parmesan rind. I served it with a crusty baguette. It's listed in the nutritional information with the recipe. What is the best way to do the cooked pasta if I want to prepare that in the morning? Not technically, but from looking at other copycat recipes, it has extremely similar ingredients, so it will probably taste pretty close. Will it really alter the recipe? . Delish! Remove the bay leaves, rosemary sprig, parmesan rind and season to taste with salt and black pepper. The cheese rind was so exciting! 4 points? Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup What’s Detox? Julie Wunder. It has great flavor but is more like a pasta dish. I’d love to make this soup ahead. It is a winner every time!  There’s a trick to the timing of adding certain ingredients, but it’s all detailed in the recipe at the end of the post 😉. I would use half as much next time. Gina you say 15 minutes, from my experience I say at least 1he from start. This is by far the BEST Minestrone soup – a classic, hearty Italian soup with tomatoes, white beans, vegetables and pasta. I also browned some sweet Italian sausage on a skillet and added it when I added the pasta. It ended up soaking up most of the liquid. It was so very filling and for very low points , Yummy! This was a great soup.  1 Tbsp. With! Add the rosemary, bay leaves, basil and parsley, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. I’ve made a lot of soups over the years… some of our favorites are tomato basil, zuppa toscana, and beef barley… but this one, it might just be my absolute FAVORITE!! I love the idea of pureeing the beans! This is a soup that gets eaten by every member of my family…from 5 to 45! Thank you! Heat oil over medium heat. This is a great recipe based on one from the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. Thank you for one more tasty recipe. It gets added one bowl at a time!! It's going to be lunch every day this week. Very filling too. I am addicted to your site! Transfer onto a plate. I especially love the way you sneak veggies in…my kids would never eat spinich or zucchini. Made it last week and am already making another batch.  Now this week it’s cold and rainy. Give a good stir. You can also ask your local deli or whatever if they have any, sometimes they will cut it for you. I really do not like beans, would it be a problem to leave the beans in their entirety? I served it and forgot the pasta lol. I just used 1 cup dry and cooked it before adding. Darn it! My WW calculator came out to 5 points.’ Thanks for your help with this. And now, I've got soup for the rest of the week for lunch. You cracked me up just now, I'm sure the broth is fine , Hi again!!!! Thanks for a great recipe! I added some spinach & feta chicken sausage that I had in the freezer. Threw the pasta in the crockpot with the spinach and zucchini. Crockpot Minestrone Soup made in the slow cooker using dry beans. Well Done! Our summers are so hot, I rarely use my oven and I really appreciate the variety of crock pot recipes. Made this today for the first time. Remove the lid and stir in the … I add the pasta when I reheat it. Wanted you to know that this recipe looks amazing. We didn’t do pasta and added some greens along with the spinach & it was the perfect dish on a cold day. Used orzo that I always have on hand–99 cents for a LB  at Trader Joe’s. Very delicious Thank you! I used one cup of leftover marinara for one can of the tomatoes and it gave it a good flavor (and only 20 more calories total). Making this soup for the 4th time! And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! Hi Gina!!!!! Is the point value with or without the pasta ? Next time I may use more- I love the creaminess they add puréed but I also enjoy them on their own. Yummo. Made this last night in my crockpot and it was INCREDIBLE. This came out so good and provided 3-4 meals for 2 of us. planning to make this- I cook, a lot. I use your recipe as a guide and then add as many veggies as I am in the mood for. This is the best Minestrone soup I have ever had. Is this normal? 30 minutes before you want to serve the soup, add zucchini and ditalini pasta, stir, cover and cook … I could just drink the broth by itself. I opted to leave out the pasta so I could serve with seasoned croutons. which book is this in. Tonight we had the delicious Sunday Roast and Cheesy Cauliflower recipes from your book.  Normally vegetable soups always leave me feeling hungry about an hour after. I've had leftovers for lunch two days in a row, and I never have the same leftovers more than one day. They are so delish. Can’t wait….hopefully I can add the fresh green beans with the diced zucchini? Gina – can you make this in the Instant Pot? 6 . I think your recipe is missing an instruction or liquid? I always stash them in my freezer just for soups, if you don’t have one toss some grated cheese into the soup while it’s cooking. Cook the tortellini according to package directions and add it to the soup bowls separately. Great suggestion with the vegetable base, the soup is absolutely delish! This soup was amazing! Hi, I’m Gina Homolka, a busy mom of two girls, author and recipe developer here at Skinnytaste.com. Is there an app I can use? What a lovely rich tasting minestrone. I just need a working printer so my hand doesn't get so cramped . My son even had a bowl for a bedtime snack last night. And not hard to make. I love this soup. I was super excited to make this soup but sadly it came out pretty bland. Nutrition information states serving size to be 1 and 1/2 cups for 4 points andrea, Pingback: Weight Watcher – Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 61) – Weight Watcher Recipes Id, Pingback: Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 61) – Easy Low Cal Recipes, Pingback: Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 61) | Good Kitchen Blog, Pingback: Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 61) - Recipe Land, Pingback: Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 61), Pingback: 10 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Meals - Eating Made Easy. Thanks again for all the time you put into this great site! My partner & I enjoyed this soup-it’s so hard to find a flavorful vegetarian soup recipe! If I add ssusage, should I increase broth amount? This recipe is wonderful and perfect!! Stir around until the … Can’t wait to try this and can’t wait to get my book Tuesday!  Traditionally ditalini (the small little tubes) is used, but mini shells, mini penne, or any other really short pasta will work. I crave this in winter. I am too late in the afternoon to do this in a crockpot. My 2 and 4 year old liked it, so that’s a big win for getting them to eat so many vegetables! In the instructions it says to take out bay leaf. He loved it too. Can you specify size of instapot. You nailed it! Brocha, if you use dry beans, you would have to soak them and cook them first. 5 star! Also, I cooked it on the stove top and I added a lot of extra liquid – a combo of vegetable broth and chicken broth. …love your recipes, they are all delish! Thanks. I’m curious about this as well! I grew up with one from a local Italian restaurant and that’s the standard I measure all minestrones by, most of which just don’t cut the mustard. I just made this Minestrone tonight and it is absolutely delicious. I do add a drained and rinsed can of dark red kidney beans, but that’s just because we love beans! I personally think food tastes better on the stove, glad you loved it! Thanks! When serving, if desired, grate parmesan cheese over the soup and enjoy! Slow Cooker Creamy Minestrone Soup is the perfect warm-you-up-meal you’ll enjoy through the winter months. I made this soup in my Instant Pot. I don't have any parm. It always worked for me! Thanks so much! I made just as the recipe read, leaving out the pasta and adding turkey sausage, as recommended. Well done Gina. How much sausage?  If you prefer softer green beans, add them when you add in the zucchini and pasta. And the pureed beans added thickness to the soup. I accidentally bought southern style beans, but rinsed it, and it made the flavor even more incredible. Hubby loved it! Thank you!  Ours has been absolutely crazy, with snow storms hitting us several times within the last two weeks. But I added 12 teaspoon each dried oregano & basil. This soup is wonderful! This is Amazing ! Crock Pot Minestrone Soup. We just added the pasta into the soup at the same time as the spinach. Awesome! Have a hand full of leftover green beans? Definitely doing this again x. This soup looks great, I can't wait to make it! Not sure how to keep it from getting sticky…any tips?? It's a winner! Love love love your recipes! SO GOOD! I never know how much spinach or basil I need to buy to come up with 2 cups chopped. Roseanne. I will definitely be making this again. If so, did you use the Manual High Power Option? Throw that in, too. You can add almost any vegetable to this soup. I made it for a football game with sliders, well liked by everyone. Add the rosemary, bay leaves, basil and parsley, cover and cook on low 40 minutes. It does not take much sausage to add a ton of flavor. Also, I didn't cook the spinach in the soup because I'm just cooking for one and didn't want it to get slimy in leftovers. I was eyeing the minestrone the other day to go with my meal but went with a salad instead. I made it for my parents and they both RAVED. Required fields are marked *. Perhaps use less? Made the pumpkin cupcakes and my family has devoured them!!! I added Italian style precooked chicken meatballs from costco. This is the best soup! I made this soup last night and it was deeee-lish. Use my immersion blender in the slow cooker pot with much more broth added in so as not to have to wash the blender. I used a Romano cheese rind instead of Parmesan because it was all I had, and left out the celery, but otherwise followed the recipe. Thank you Gina, for all the great, healthy recipes! and if i double it would make 24? Get an ad-free ebook of my most popular recipes, plus be the FIRST to know about new things coming to the site! Cook Time 4 hrs.  It’s low in fat and calories and loaded with healthy vegetables.  Try it and let me know! This is simmering away on the stove right now and smells fantastic. I added a few more garbanzo and kidney beans for added texture, and a few teaspoons of sage deepened the flavor considerably. I didn’t have any zucchini but I had broccoli and it worked well. . I have the leftovers for lunch today and I can't wait! I’m so thankful! I added black beans and chick peas, loved it! I made in instant pot, the only thing that was confusing with the instant pot recipe was weather or not the pasta was cooked or not when adding to instant pot so I cooked the pasta separately just until aldente and then added to instant pot AFTER the 4 minutes on the zucchini and spinach cooking. I made this and honestly the flavour is absolutely excellent! Phenomenal recipe!!! Not really fair to the rest of us. My 2 year old LOVED it (although he picked out the tomatoes) and the rest of the family loved it too! Also is ther an easier way to chop everything ? I love to cook but I wouldn’t even start a recipe like this. This Crockpot minestrone soup recipe is not just easy, it's also flavorful, indulgent, and the perfect comfort food. Made it this afternoon, and already had 2 bowls!! My son always avoids those like the plague. I had this problem when I adde 2 cups of orzo-dried–I’m only adding one cup next time. I love this soup! If I wanted to add non-puréed beans in addition to the puréed ones, do you think a whole can would be too much? Sorry I am new to your recipes and was wondering why there is no saturated fat listed. I didn't add ground meat as some other commentors suggested, but thought about it and will in the future since they say it worked out. If you want to add meatballs or crumbled turkey, when would I add it to the instapot? Thanks again! Well, hopefully they still cook down with over six hours of cooking. This is amazing. No fresh herbs here in cold Illinois. As noted by another reviewer below, it does seem to get thicker as leftovers – more like a stew than a soup. I found a recipe for turkey meatballs and added them to the soup. I use my biggest soup kettle and fill it almost to the brim with goodies. Huge hit for us! . Thank you in advance! i've made this several times now. Thanx. This soup is amazing!!!! If I want to use uncooked pasta, how many ounces do I add? Good but Zucchini needed to go in earlier. Wondering if I did something wrong. A great recipe for a cold night last night! I have been making this soup for about two years now, I just wanted to finally say thank you!! Then add the rest of the ingredients up through the cannelini beans, and bring to a boil. I made this recipe in my slow cooker. It tastes good — especially if one likes spinach!!! Do you cook it separately? Thanks for making it a slow cooker version! and just in time for the cold evenings when nothin'll do but a big ole crock pot full of comfort! . Love this recipe! I share them with my daughters, friends and on line friends. Either way when I use the soup base I usually omit any other salt. Loving the colour and what you said about whizzing the beans smooth. Can i do this on a pot on the stove? I really want to try this soon, looks great! I can’t advise on adding more broth/tomatoes/whatever to make it less solid, because I just ate it as-is and it was still really tasty 🙂, This turned out amazing. I absolutely love this recipe and so does my husband. I'm just making it and if I do it on low it won't be ready till almost 11pm. I added chicken to mine, to make it more as a complete meal and I also added some lemon juice. You can simply dump all of the minestrone soup ingredients except for the pasta into the slow cooker, and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or high for 4-5 hours. lol. Thanks! So looking forward to trying this! I think it’s the basil, yummy yummy, yummy!! It’s delicious! Love it with the blended white beans. Would have been great even without that addition. I can't wait to make more soups to enjoy during this cold weather! Cover and cook – Place the lid on the slow cooker … i made the stove top version of this recipe last night, almost exactly as written, and it was great. I used beef broth, cause that’s the only kind I’ve had in minestrone when I’ve eaten it before,  browned two Italian sausage links to throw in. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. I soaked the beans overnight and mixed it with the broth in the blender. what is the extra liquid needed? http://iamtanalicious.blogspot.com/2011/03/who-you-callin-skinny.html, Raquel, I thought of you today with Lent around the corner! Delicious! Wow. I ended up putting in 2 cups of un-cooked pasta to cook for 4 mins. I have to put this on my menu! Thanks! The flavours of this Best Ever Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup are spot on, and it’s one of those recipes I just keep coming back to again and again and again. This is the best minestrone I’ve EVER had! Better than ANY restaurant could make it! I used home made chicken stock. Will that work? This may be asking a lot, but is there an easy way to calculate points/serving? Is there a typo regarding the Basil / Bay leaf?? I prefer it on the stove myself. Thanks Laurie, I don;t get tired of hearing it . The  2 cups of pasta  Is that cooked and if so can you please how much dry ty so much I love recipes i have 2 your cookbooks love them. 5 minutes before serving, add in frozen green beans and baby spinach, stir, cover and cook on HIGH for 5 minutes. This is so delicious and so satisfying! I had never thought to blend beans for a thicker broth, seriously such a great idea. If so how long in the crock pot should i let it cook for? Especially when is weekend and everybody are home. Thanks so much for sharing! Thanks for the recipe because we usually purchase Honey Baked Hams for holidays. Then, I remembered this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and Lent season is here. I could do either so Id rather do the one that tastes better! I added an extra cup of broth just because everyone kept commenting how thick it was, and it turned out wonderfully. I’m slowly getting the hang of this cooking thing. Your probably gonna think I'm crazy, but I make my menus and grocery lists from your site in an excel spreadsheet and link them all directly to your site so I just have to go into the menu and click the link and it takes me straight to that recipe. I also added 1 chicken italian sweet sausage for flavor. I made a couple modifications : I’m dairy free so No Parmesan (or rind), I also didn’t have fresh herbs on hand, so I used dried Italian seasoning. Love it! slow cooker. The only spot I’m thinking I might be messing up is the pasta – is it two cups cooked pasta or two cups of dry pasta, cooked. Added more carrots, potatoes and celery, and more salt and pepper. Once they were purred they made the soup just a little too think and the puree was absorbing the broth quicker than the pasta. Also are u adding the pasta in raw or cooked?Â. Seems like the pasta would get mushy in the IP if you add it already cooked, but beats me! It is delicious, very filling and flavorful. I think they meant that it tastes so good how COULD it truly be so low in cals? Rather than serving the pasta individually? This is just delicious!!! I think the penne is a little too large so next time I will use ditalini. I added cabbage instead of spinach. Thank you! So, I think I ended up with 7 points, but it was so worth it. Thank you. Hi Amanda. thanks! Thank you, Gina! Can't wait to make.Thanks. Addictive!! Great easy and delicious. I'm making it today but don't have any diced tomatoes. This soup is amazing! Just made this for the third time and I'm in love with this recipe. thank you for posting!!! But they’re actually the diced zucchini 🙂, If I want to add potatoes when should I? UNITS: US. Thank you. The parmesean rind completely disintegrated in the instant pot. The next day I chopped up 2 mini meatballs and added it. I kept the beans whole. I want to make this recipe tonight but just had a question. Gina, thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes. In the fall and winter, we love soup in our house. Add the zucchini and spinach, cover and simmer until the zucchini is tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. This will be my go to soup from now on. Have made this several times for busy work weeks, AMAZING!! Should I make it, throw a little olive oil and then leave it out all day? Thanks! Lol…I’ve made this numerous times and each time is better than before…the rind, great idea!! Thank you for the awesome recipe! I love that stuff! Ladle 1-1/2 cups soup into 8 bowls and top with extra parmesan cheese if desired. I just made it and puréed beans and broth all at once!!!! And inexpensive too. I would add the pasta and zucchini the next day, great idea. I am making so many things from your site and sharing with girlfriends–LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for the simple but delicious recipe!! When it cooked it took over all my juices…however we had it and it was great. Do the nutrition facts include the pasta added into the soup as well? And Barilla veggie elbows made with pureed squash and carrots I happened to stumble upon! Also if doing the meatballs would u cook them seperate? How long would you recommend cooking on high in the crockpot with doubled recipe? Transfer to the crock pot along with the remaining broth, tomatoes, pureed beans, parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper. I am loving your blog. I also used swiss chard instead of spinach and switched out the pasta noodles for Gluten free (Quinoa Pasta shells) YUMMMERS! Perfect soup! I also used dry beans to cut down on the sodium content but did not soak them first. Any ideas on converting this to an Instant Pot recipe (and adding pasta after of course)? Like all nature, it’s time for our human body to renew. Thank you, I made it and added 2 extra cups of broth and I had plenty of broth but also made it in my pressure cooker so the broth doesn't evaporate as much as stove top. BUT I was unable to wait ANY LONGER to make this!!! Absolutely the best minestrone I have eaten. Even better the second day. How To Make Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup. My boyfriend loves it even though he doesn't normally like minestrone. Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender. The directions are ladle 1-1/4 cups of soup into bowl and add 1/4 cup pasta? I just received the contents of my bi-weekly veggie order from Door to Door Organics; it includes a lot of the ingredients in this soup. Thanks for another winner, Gina!! How to make minestrone soup in crockpot (slow cooker)? Add in red kidney beans, great northern beans, zucchini, and pasta and cook on high heat for an … Thanksgiving was a few days ago, and with Covid-19 still surging, it looked a little different for us this year. I added about two cups of cooked ground turkey. Thanks for this great recipe. Quick question: how much dry pasta do you need to make one cup of cooked pasta? Pingback: I would lay my life down for cake – Zucchini fries are healthy, right? Is it supposed to be both bay leaves and basil or only one of them? It’s the only cheese I buy. Can wait to try this Gina! No rosemary or parsley. It was the most filling meal and wasn’t hungry till dinner. . Can't wait to try, everything so far has been amazing! When you calculated them, did you add in the parmesan cheese? I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). Easy and yummy!! I also had it left-over, spooned over toast. Nancy, what internet browser are you using? I made the stove top version a few weeks ago when I was feeling under the weather and absolutely loved it. Just made this tonight for dinner this was delicious! Pingback: Slow Cooker Summer Vegetable Soup w/ Weight Watchers Points. Hopefully it's still good! omg looks so good… i've been looking for a reason to use my crock pot!! This is a great recipe, I like that the beans were puréed. Super excited to see how it turns out. Took me so long. 15 oz can white beans, drained, rinsed (cannellini or navy). I’ve got that borderline diabetic thing going on. Looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  Especially this minestrone soup. We can’t do dairy… any ideas to replace the cheese rind to make this vegan? Can put delicious and quick in the instant pot. If your soup becomes too much like stew, just add some water or additional broth. Fantastico!~Amy . Quick release, add the pasta, zucchini and spinach and cook high pressure 4 minutes. The first 15 ingredients are in our slow cooker now. My mom does not even like minestrone soup. It’s so convenient to have the crockpot cooking while I do other things. Forty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach. I added some turkey italian sausage and omitted the spinach (didn't have any). Is that right? I love some beans more than others, so pureeing them keeps them in my meal, makes the soup thicker too. 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. Made this recipe to take for my lunch this week.  The good news is, it’s still soup weather! SO good. It’s been a weird week. Thank you for all your amazing recipes! Thanks in advance! Thanks for reposting. Its still 100 degrees where I live . I like my green beans with a little bite to it, but if you like yours softer, just add earlier. The secret really is the parmesan rind. Add red wine if using. I'm wondering if they are easier to eat when pureed??? I made a little mistake — I quickly read the recipe and saw the "2" before the spinach and thought it said two 10 oz boxes — instead of just 2 cups — of the frozen spinach. This was so delicious! I added two links of cooked hot turkey sausage for the carnivores in my family. Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender. I modified and put in the instantpot and it turned out delicious! Hi there. Loved this! We just finished eating and I must say that it turned out wonderfully! Will definitely try adding turkey sausage next time to make it a fuller meal. This soup is so delicious and has such a fresh taste to it. Hi, can you tell me what a parmesan rind is and where I find it? Thanks, Gina! This recipe is AMAZING! It’s two cups COOKED, not dry. I add the other veggies, if they are soft/tender like spinach or zucchini, in the last 40 minutes. My own minestrone soup recipe that I invented about 10 years ago is very much like this one. Made this last night and it was AMAZING!! I just snip up some fresh baby spinach every time I warm up a bowl in the microwave and it worked well. I’ve never purchased another brand again. We had it for dinner tonight and the only change I made was to add fresh green beans (I had them so why not). Loved this recipe! Will it still turn out with good flavor? This will be a family favorite for years to come!!! I would add them at the beginning, and I’m using uncooked, dry pasta. Two pounds?  If you’re following a low-carb way of eating, the beans and pasta will make this higher in carbohydrates. Hi Gina! So delicious! It was still delicious, but the pasta got very mushy and there was almost no broth left. I have bookmarked so many of your recipes – they are the best! Trying the Shrimp on Cucumbers Appetizer this weekend……thanks so much for your recipes. But I got it . Is the pasta measured 2 cups dry or 2 cups after cooking? Hello Gina, I have made this recipe twice and it is so delicious! i don't puree the beans either, but everything else as written. I always get compliments when making this reciepe! Pureed all my soups because I was pretty picky. Have something that needs to be used up? The rind is the clincher – best tip ever. If I ended up combining the noodles and soup to save room in my fridge, how much would a serving be for 4sp? Is it better tasting in the crock pot or stove top? Hi I used northern beans. Oh, sooo good,  I added some chickpeas, cabbage & grape tomatoes. When I entered my calculations (beans, broth, pasta and oil) it only comes out to 3 SP’s per serving. But this recipe was still great and the soup was worth the wait! Great recipe. Sorry I don’t have that info off hand but a lot less for sure! easy to make but prep takes a little longer because of all the chopping. Everyone in my family really enjoyed it, I will for sure be making this again in the future. Even as an adult, I hate saying goodbye to summer – I always set aside your soup recipes to make the arrival of fall easier! Can orzo be subbed for the pasta. This was tonight's dinner….so YUMMY!!! Does anyone know the sodium content of this soup? Also, it’a my go-to for winter pot lucks and meal-serve night at church. Mine differs in that I always add a huge heaping tablespoon of that jarred minced garlic they sell at Costco. How much of the cheese rind do I add? This did not fit in mine. I pureed the white beans to thicken but also added kidney beans. They will keep a long, long time don't forget they are frozen and aged!! Best minestrone I've ever had. I will definitely make this again!! Today I finally decided to make a recipe from the site and I chose this soup. instead of what the recipe directed. That said, this just be the best minestrone recipe out there. I usually puree half the beans to thicken my soups!Ilene P. Do you puree the beans because you don't like them? If i’m correct 1 1/2 cup for 8 servings, does that means it makes 12 cups in total? I made this up tonight – cooked it for 30 minutes stovetop & then dumped it (& the zucchini, the al dente pasta & the spinach) into a crockpot to keep it warm while i took my girls to gymnastics. I am making this soup for the first time. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! Put a large frying pan over a low heat, add the lardons and cook for 10 minutes until crisp, golden and the fat has run from the meat. I am freezing the leftovers and I can't wait to have it again. Love your website. If I want to make it even more of a meal, I switch out the pasta for tortellini. I would probably freeze before adding pasta, though (I leave it out of mine). He did not puree the beans, added some mushrooms, and made some other adjustments that I don't even know about. Even the kids ate it! I don't have a cheese rind, but I do have a wedge of Parmesan. The pureed beans added great body to the soup and I didn’t feel guilty eating it. And, will it be mush if I cook on low and then it sits for a while longer on the warm setting?Â, I add the pasta for convenience, but it doesn’t effect the soup in terms of thickening or anything. Also, I make the pasta on the side, put it into bowls and spoon soup over it. I have this soup on the stove for dinner —- I didn't use the crockpot. I made this for family last night-first time- and omg was it GOOD! Added a can of kidney beans. Thanks, Gina! Lately I have been adding sautéed sweet Italian chicken sausage for extra protein, I’m making this in the Crock Pot and don’t see when to add the pasta? I love it. I pureed the onion, celery, garlic, chicken broth, and beans. Thank you for this flavorfilled, healthy recipe that tastes delicious! Will one of those little clamshell containers of basil yield enough, or do I need to buy two? The recipe says 2 cups cooked pasta, but the instant pot directions say to put the pasta in for 4 mins to cook. x. Crockpot Minestrone Soup. It is the hard end of the parmesan you don't eat. I hope to try several soon!!! It’s totally your call, you can also just add the pasta to the soup at the end. Gina, I know this is an older recipe but I hope you see this comment… If I wanted to make this with UN-cooked pasta, could you recommend which adjustments to make (adding more broth, cooking longer, etc)? This soup is DELICIOUS!!!!!! Can I make it the day before and then heat up the following day and add the pasta and zucchini then? I made it with the spinach but no pasta.