The most divine minestrone soup !

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We love minestrone – but this one was the best ever as we cooked it in the slow cooker. Enjoy!

Minestrone Soup

Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup ( Low in Calories too – about 200 calories for 2 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, drained, rinsed (cannellini or navy)
  • 32 oz container reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can  diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 medium 8 oz zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh (or frozen defrosted) spinach
  • parmesan cheese for garnish (optional – leave out to be vegan)

Directions:

  1. Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic and saute until tender and fragrant, about 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to the crock pot along with the remaining broth, tomatoes, pureed beans,  salt and pepper. A
  5. Add the rosemary, basil and parsley, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  6. Forty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach.
  7. Cover and cook 30 more minutes.
  8. Remove bay leaves, rosemary sprig, parmesan rind and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  9. Ladle 1-1/4 cups soup into 8 bowls and top with extra parmesan cheese if desired if not vegan

 

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