Slow Cooker Minestrone

Slow Cooker Minestrone
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Need a hearty soup for Meatless Mondays? Throw this into your slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning. When you get home, the most amazing thyme- and sage-laced smells will be wafting through your house. All you’ll need to do is add the orzo, zucchini, and spinach to the pot and wait 30 minutes for a delicious, stick-to-your-ribs meal. You won’t even miss the meat.

—  Shelby Kinnaird

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6
Servings
226
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock (preferably reduced sodium)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoonfreshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups cooked whole-wheat orzo (about 2/3 cup dry)
  • 1 zucchini, sliced in quarters lengthwise, then chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • basil sprigs for garnish (optional)

Directions

Combine stock, tomatoes (with their liquid), beans, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, sage, bay leaves and pepper in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

About 30 minutes before the soup is done, add the cooked orzo, zucchini and spinach. Continue cooking for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Ladle soup into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese and basil, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
53mg
18%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
25g
54%
Vitamin A, RAE
43µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
228mg
23%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
36µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
317mg
45%
Selenium, Se
18µg
33%
Sodium, Na
482mg
32%
Water
223g
8%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Slow Cooker Shopping Tip

Try to create a balanced meal when shopping: look for a starch, a protein, and some greens.

Slow Cooker Cooking Tip

When preparing meals try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.