Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup is a warm and comforting soup. Hearty vegetables, beans, and pasta mixed together will warm you soul. Delicious and Weight Watcher friendly- 7 SmartPoints!
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.
Minestrone soup is the perfect soup when you are craving a big bowl of vegetables and comfort food. Perfectly cooked carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach, and green beans mixed with cannellini beans, a delicious tomato sauce, and whole wheat shells… delicious!
Aside from the fact that this soup is healthy, 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. Do the prep work the night before you cook the soup to save time. 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.
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. I like to garnish my soup with shredded parmesan cheese on top and a slice of whole grain bread.
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
Serves 6, 2 Cups Per Serving230
7 SMARTPOINTS per serving
10 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 10 Total Time
- 3 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 28 Ounces Canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes
- 1 Cup Diced Roma tomatoes
- 1 ½ Cups Cannelloni 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
- Dice roma tomatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Add to crock pot.
- To crock pot add vegetable broth, water, crushed tomatoes, cannelloni beans, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Thirty minutes before soup is done, add diced zucchini, frozen green beans, baby spinach, and pasta. Cook for additional 30 minutes on high.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.
- Dice roma tomatoes and set aside.
- Dice zucchini and set aside.
- Dice garlic and set aside.
- Dice carrots, onion, and celery.
- To large pot, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat over medium heat.
- Add diced carrot, onion, and celery and sauté for 10 minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add roma tomatoes, vegetable broth, water, crushed tomatoes, cannelloni beans, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 45 minutes.
- Add diced zucchini, frozen green beans, baby spinach, and pasta. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.
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.
NUTRITION: Makes 6, 2 Cups Per Serving - (7 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 240 FAT: 0.9 SATURATED FAT: 0.7 CARBS: 47.2 FIBER: 8 SUGARS: 7.2 PROTEIN: 11.2
jehavaNovember 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm This looks so fantastic! I am always looking for easy recipes to throw into my crockpot this time of year!
LaurenNovember 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm Yum! This looks amazing. I love soup on a cold fall day.
KristineNovember 11, 2016 at 9:14 am It's the best thing ever!! Thank you so much for commenting Lauren!
rebeccaNovember 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm love minestrone soup! this looks delish
KristineNovember 16, 2016 at 9:47 am Minestrone soup is so good and comforting! Thanks so much for commenting Rebecca!
LisaNovember 19, 2016 at 9:37 am Are the cannelloni beans canned or dried?
KristineNovember 19, 2016 at 11:37 am Great question Lisa! I used canned beans. I hope you like this tis recipe!
micheleNovember 20, 2016 at 11:25 am 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! :)
KristineNovember 21, 2016 at 11:19 am I know... that's why I love slow cooker meals :)!! I hope you try this recipe soon Michele!
GayleOctober 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm Do you precook pasta? Also you mention 2 cups of water for?
KristineOctober 30, 2017 at 11:28 am Hi Gayle, I do not pre-cook the pasta in the recipe. When the recipe states to add pasta, it is uncooked. You will add the 2 cups of water on the same step as adding the vegetable broth (I will update the recipe!). The uncooked pasta will cook in the soup. I hope you like it!