Slow Cooker Minstrone Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups (1500mL or 1.5L) no salt added chicken broth*
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes (796mL), no salt added
  • 1 large can (540 mL) of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed**
  • 1 large onion or 1 ½-2 smaller onions, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut in halves or thirds
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup cooked small spiral noodles (or other “shorter” noodles of your choice!)
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Directions

    1. Sauté onions, celery and garlic in 2 teaspoons of canola oil over medium-high heat, until softened (about 4-5 minutes).
    2. Combine cooked onion mixture, broth, tomatoes, cannellini beans, carrots, green beans, zucchini, oregano, and thyme in a large slow cooker, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
    3. For the last 15 minutes of cooking, add spinach and already cooked noodles.
    4. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste buds and enjoy!


    5. * You can make this recipe vegetarian by replacing the chicken broth with vegetable broth
      ** You can substitute red kidney beans for the cannellini beans if you prefer