Warm up to a big bowl of this hearty Crock-Pot Easy Minestrone soup. A great vegetarian version of the classic Italian soup that tastes fantastic!
Slow Cooker Easy Minestrone
Thank You Reader Caroline Whetstone for the great recipe! This easy minestrone soup is a wonderfully hearty and frugal recipe to make for dinner any night of the week.
Filled with beans, veggies and pasta it is both delicious and filling.
Serve bowls of soup with sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top and serve with a fresh garden salad and some nice crusty bread and you have the perfect meal!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Easy Minestrone Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- Large Skillet
- Wooden Spoon
- Can Opener
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cups And Spoons
Can I Add Meat To This Recipe?
While this recipe as written is vegetarian, you can easily add meat to this recipe. Ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken or Italian sausage (casings removed) can be browned and crumbled in a skillet, drained and then added to the slow cooker along with the rest of the soup ingredients. No additional cooking time is required.
Can I Cook The Pasta In The Slow Cooker?
For the best results possible, we do not recommend cooking the pasta directly in the slow cooker as the pasta ends up absorbing quite a bit of the soup and tends to get mushy. We tested this recipe several times and found it really was best to cook the pasta on the stove-top in boiling water until the pasta is just al dente (cooked but still firm to the tooth when you bite it) and then adding the pasta to the soup.
Can I Freeze Leftover Soup For Later?
If you have leftover soup it can be ladled into food safe freezer containers and frozen for up to 6 months. However the pasta will continue to absorb some of the soup and may turn a little bit more mushy. However the flavor is still great.
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