Kitchen Smack: Hearty and Healthy Slow Cooked Minestrone

Hearty & Healthy Slow Cooked Minestron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Hearty & Healthy Slow Cooked Minestron

Shhh! Don't tell my husband but I am having an affair. I have fallen passionately in love with my 6 qt slow cooker. My days are so much easier-for cleanup too!-these days thanks to this wonderful device. I have been craving minestrone soup for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got the chance to make it. Oh and yum, it was worth waiting for!


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 2 c water
  • 2 15 oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 bag frozen zucchini, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced OR 2 tbsp garlic salt (I used the latter)
  • 1 1/2 c dried multi-grain soup noodles (mine weren't multi-grain but they should have been)
  • 1 can chopped Spinach
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c sliced carrots
  • 1 tbsp snipped fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
  • 6 c coarsely torn Swiss chard or 8 c packaged fresh baby spinach leaves


  1. In your slow cooker, add the diced onion, broth, water, beans, zucchini, spinach, and tomatoes. Add garlic and stir. Set timer on 6-8 hours on low.
  2. 1 1/2 hours before cook time is finished, cook your soup noodles according to package directions, however, you only want to cook them 5-8 minutes at the most (you don't want them soft), drain and add to crockpot.
  3. After serving, sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top.
  4. Kitchen Smack


This soup is Um! Um! Good!

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