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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

by Jessica Cox, RD

Servings: 10 (1 1/2 cups Per Serving)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
    
Amount per serving
Calories 134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 
 Saturated Fat 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 
Sodium 860mg 
Total Carbohydrate 26g 
 Dietary Fiber 7g 
Protein 6g 
 

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Assemble this hearty slow cooker soup in just minutes, and come home to a homemade meal after a long day. Bursting with vegetables, beans and whole-grain pasta, this is a MyPlate-inspired vegetarian meal the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients

6 cups organic* vegetable broth
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen green beans
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cooked (or 2 ounces of dry) whole-grain elbow pasta
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Garnish: 1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

 

  1. Combine ingredients, except pasta and baby spinach, in a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  2. Increase heat to high. Stir in pasta and spinach. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until pasta is done.
  3. Remove bay leaf before serving. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

 

Cooking Tip

Organic vegetable broth is lower in sodium than regular canned vegetable broth. 
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About the author:

Jessica C Cox RD

Jessica Cox, RD

is a registered dietitian and chef with a passion for teaching people to eat healthy for a happy and delicious life. She is the culinary nutritionist at eMeals, a meal planning service that helps families across America enjoy healthy meals together. She regularly contributes original recipes and food and nutrition content to various publications.

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