Slow Cooker Minestrone

Slow Cooker Minestrone

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

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
259
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
8g
11%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
57mg
19%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
26g
57%
Vitamin A, RAE
65µg
9%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
18µg
20%
Calcium, Ca
157mg
16%
Choline, total
87mg
20%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
28µg
7%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
327mg
47%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
537mg
36%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
9µg
60%
Water
220g
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.