Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

 

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup-Warmth & comfort perfect for a cold day. Hearty vegetables, beans, & pasta mixed together will warm you soul. Delicious & low fat. Weight Watcher friendly (7 SmartPoints).

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup-Warmth & comfort perfect for a cold day. Hearty vegetables, beans, & pasta mixed together will warm you soul. Delicious & low fat. Weight Watcher friendly (7 SmartPoints).

 

The weather here in Indianapolis has been a bit wishy washy.  Cold one day and warm the next day.  Keep in mind that cold to me is like 62 degrees (I’m from Texas!)  The days that it’s cold outside, all I want is a big bowl of soup, chili or stew.  I love a big bowl of hearty goodness that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Cold weather makes me happy, mostly because it gives me a reason to eat soup and chili.  My Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup is a hearty bowl of warmth and comfort.  Packed with delicious vegetables, beans, and shells, this soup is at the top of my list on favorite soups to make.  Hearty, healthy and packed with flavor!  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is 7 SmartPoints.

 

For the first time in my life, I’m finally experiencing what a true fall feels like.  The fall that I used to know was 80 degree days.  Now that I live in Indy, my definition has completely changed… which makes me so over the moon happy!  Crisp 60 degree days, with colorful leaves and no humidity.  My husband is original from the Northeast and laughs at me when I say I’m cold and its 60 degrees.  We first met about 8 years ago back in Texas.  Now that we are here in Indy, and its fall, we are not disappointed at all by the seasons changing.  We’ve had a few random days of heat, but overall it’s been amazing weather here… and we love it.

 

Last weekend, we left the city and went to a state park with our dogs to experience the leaves changing.  A lot of the leaves had already fallen, but it was still beautiful!  My husband hasn’t really experienced fall in 15 years so when we were walking around the park, he started to remember what fall felt and smelled like.  Apparently, there is a certain smell in the air when it’s fall.  I’m so happy that I’m finally experiencing fall and understand the feeling now.  The park was amazing, and our dogs love it!

 

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The first few weeks of fall here in Indy, I made soup like every day.  It just felt right y’all!  One particular day, I was craving a big bowl of veggies and noodles.  Minestrone soup is the perfect soup for this kind of craving.  Perfectly cooked carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach, and green beans mixed with cannellini beans, a delicious tomato sauce, and whole wheat shells…. Perfection!  This soup is hearty and healthy that I don’t feel guilty at all for eating multiple servings!

   

 

Aside from the fact that this soup is low fat and guilt free, another reason I love this soup so much is because it’s made in a crock pot.  There’s really nothing better than crock pot soups… Am I right or what?!  Most of the work involved in this recipe is chopping up the veggies.  You can do this prep work the night before you cook the soup.  Once the veggies are chopped, add them to the crock pot, followed by canned whole tomatoes, vegetable broth, seasonings, and canned cannellini beans.  Let the soup cook on low for about 8 hours.  You can let this cook while you are away at work or even overnight.  The whole tomatoes will break down while they cook.  30 minutes prior to serving, add fresh baby spinach, sliced zucchini, frozen green beans, and the pasta shells to the crock pot.  Let it cook for another 30 minutes then it’s ready to eat… YAY!  This soup can also be made on the stove top just as easily!

 

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup is the perfect soup on a cold (or chilly) day.  Hearty vegetables, beans, and pasta mixed together will warm you soul.  This soup is so delicious you will want more than one serving, which is perfectly acceptable because this soup is low fat!  I like to garnish my soup with shredded parmesan cheese on top and a slice of whole grain bread.

 

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup-Warmth & comfort perfect for a cold day. Hearty vegetables, beans, & pasta mixed together will warm you soul. Delicious & low fat. Weight Watcher friendly (7 SmartPoints).

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

For Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

 

 

 

Serves 6, 2 Cups Per Serving

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

7 SMARTPOINTS per serving

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 28 Ounces Canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1 ½ Cups Cannellini Beans
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cups or 8oz whole wheat shells
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Cups baby spinach
  • 1 Cup Frozen Green Beans
  • 2 Cups Water
  • ¼ Cup Parsley
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

    Crock Pot Directions:
  1. Dice roma tomatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Add to crock pot.
  2. To crock pot add vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, cannellini beans, Italina seasoning, bay leaves, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Thirty minutes before soup is done, add diced zucchini, frozen green beans, baby spinach, and pasta. Cook for additional 30 minutes on high.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.
  6. Stove Top Directions:
  7. Dice roma tomatoes and set aside.
  8. Dice zucchini and set aside.
  9. Dice garlic and set aside.
  10. Dice carrots, onion, and celery.
  11. To large pot, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat over medium heat.
  12. Add diced carrot, onion, and celery and sauté for 10 minutes.
  13. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  14. Add roma tomatoes, vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, cannellini beans, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 45 minutes.
  15. Add diced zucchini, frozen green beans, baby spinach, and pasta. Cook for 10 minutes.
  16. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Notes

If you want to make this soup freezer friendly, I recommend that you do not add the pasta shells to the crock pot. Cook the pasta shells according to the package, then add 1/3 cup of the cooked pasta shells to a bowl of the soup that way you can freeze the rest of the soup. The pasta noodles do not freeze well when cooked.

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9 Comments

  1. the veggies in this just make me happy.... almost as happy as not having to pay attention to it while its cooking in the slow cooker! I can't believe the veggies don't get all mushy. Cant wait to try this! :)

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