Full of fresh veggies from your garden or farmer’s market this recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Minestrone Soup is full of great Italian flavor!
Crock-Pot Chicken Minestrone Soup
This delicious chicken minestrone soup recipe came about as a way for me to use up a few items from my garden as well as some of the items I have canned and put up in my pantry.
Last summer I canned over 20 pounds of kidney beans (yes, that is a LOT of beans!) with my pressure canner so I have been trying to find or create recipes that use up those kidney beans. Thankfully kidney beans are my kids favorite kind of beans!
From the garden zucchini and cabbage have done great for me and so this recipe includes both.
As with many of our slow cooker recipes this recipe is easily adaptable to use what you have in your fridge and pantry. You can easily replace the chicken with turkey, or use cooked leftover chicken/turkey instead of raw). You can use a different kind of bean (pinto beans, cannellini beans etc.), add a diced potato or two, use yellow summer squash instead of zucchini, throw in some canned or frozen corn, chopped celery…the list goes on and on.
Soup is so forgiving in that way!
I think one of my favorite things to add to recipes is cabbage. My family are not huge cabbage eaters, even though I LOVE it. But soups and stews are so easy to add it to because it cooks down to a cooked thin onion texture so they don’t even realize they are eating cabbage.
I have 4 more cabbages growing in my garden so I will have to come up with more recipes to sneak them into!