Minestrone Soup

Try making this Minestrone Soup recipe in your slow-cooker
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Minestrone Soup

Luci Petlack

I hated soup growing up. Not only was the flavor unappealing, but I had a hard time swallowing the liquid and chunks - I have no idea why. Until a few years ago, I avoided soup at restaurants and never made it at home. Colder weather and more limits on food (quantity on hand as well as money spent at the store), have turned me into a huge fan of soups. I love making them in the crockpot and on the stove. One of my all-time favorites is Minestrone. I love how filling, inexpensive, easy, and healthy it is. Whether at home or in a restaurant, garden vegetable and minestrone soups are always a great option. I make my version extra healthy with no pasta and only occasionally with potatoes. Without carbs in the soup, I can then enjoy toast or croutons guilt-free!

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Ingredients

  • onion, chopped
  • 2  Cups  mushrooms, chopped
  • 1  Cup  carrots, diced
  • 14  Ounces  can kidney beans (red or white/cannellini)
  • 14  Ounces  can garbanzo beans (or second can of kidney beans)
  • fourteen ounce cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • water
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  pepper
  • 1  Tablespoon  Italian seasoning
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  garlic powder

Directions

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. For the water, you want to cover most of your ingredients. I usually fill the two tomato cans with water and pour them in. You can add more or less liquid depending on your preference. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours. If you're going to be an hour or so longer on either, don't worry, crockpots are very forgiving!

You can use these same ingredients for a stovetop soup, but use stock in place of water for flavor.

Minestrone Soup Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Minestrone Soup Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Minestrone Soup Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.