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Crockpot Minestrone Soup

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Crock-pot Minestrone Soup

The first time I made this soup we had an array of summer veggies in the refrigerator (zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms) that needed to be used up.  I started adding ingredients to the slow-cooker and this crock-pot minestrone was born.  You can use a variety of veggies and beans, as well as the grain or pasta of choice.  We added turkey kielbasa simply because we had some in the refrigerator, and it added a nice smoky flavor to the soup.  You can forego meat if you want to keep it vegetarian.

Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Crock-pot Minestrone Soup

The second time I made it I omitted the sausage and served it over quinoa to make it a little bit heartier.  It’s perfect for a light summer dinner or a comforting winter soup, and it works well for busy weeknights because you can simply throw all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker and come home to a delicious-smelling kitchen.  Our favorite side to this soup is grilled cheese paninis on Dave’s Killer Bread.

Crockpot Minestrone Soup
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Serves: 4+
 
This soup works well for busy weeknights because you can simply throw all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker and come home to a healthy, hearty meal.
Ingredients
  • 6-8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ bag of spinach
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce or 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4-6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup+ finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Smoked turkey sausage, sliced and quartered, optional
  • 2 cups macaroni, other noodles, quinoa, rice, lentils or other grain, optional
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the crock pot.
  2. If you want your noodles to stay al dente, add them about 20-30 minutes before serving, and then let the soup cook until the noodles are tender.
  3. Season to taste, and add more broth to reach your desired consistency (especially depending on the grain you choose to add).
  4. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

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