Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup-this easy slow cooker soup is loaded with vegetables, beans, and pasta. It is great for lunch or dinner!
Our slow cooker has been getting a workout this month. We’ve made our Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Vegan Chili twice and now we are on a Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup kick! I love this soup because it is hearty and very filling. Sometimes Josh will want more than just soup for dinner, but not when we have Slow Cooker Minestrone. It is loaded with veggies, beans, and pasta. There is lots of goodness going on in this soup! You really don’t need anything else, well, we like to serve it with crusty bread because carbs…duh, but that is it! This soup makes a great meal!
We haven’t gotten much snow this winter and it is really bumming Josh out. He has been skiing quite a few times but is craving some fresh, deep powder! I am not a fan of the cold and snow, but I do know we need the snow! I would rather have the snow now than in June. It seems like our winters are getting later and later every year. Plus, soup and snow just go together. I am hoping if we keep making this soup the snow will come…for Josh’s sake.
And I really do enjoy watching the snow from inside…under a blanket, with cozy socks on, and a warm bowl of soup!
This Slow Cooker Minestrone is the perfect cold weather meal. It is loaded with lots of healthy veggies, beans, and whole wheat pasta. It will warm you right up and if you are feeling under the weather, it will help you get better too! Yay for delicious food that is good for you too!
We like to serve our minestrone soup with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. If you are going the vegan route, you can just eat the soup plain. It is plenty good on it’s own. If you need the soup to be gluten-free, you can use gluten free pasta! We use whole wheat elbows, but you can use your favorite small pasta! This soup is very adaptable!
After a long day, it is nice to have dinner waiting for you! I am so glad our slow cooker is an amazing cook! He’s got this Slow Cooker Minestrone down! Every bowl is perfection! And yes, I decided our slow cooker is a he. I think I will name him Stewart. Stewart the Slow Cooker…it has a nice ring to it:)
Get out your personal chef, your slow cooker, and make this Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup! It is the perfect soup for a cold and hopefully snowy day!
If you like this easy soup recipe, you might also like:
- Easy Minestrone Soup
- Pasta Fagioli
- Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
- 1 small red or yellow onion diced
- 2 small carrots diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cups fresh green beans trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 oz can cannellini beans or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 small zucchini diced
- 1/2 cup dried whole wheat elbow pasta can use gluten-free pasta
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving, optional
- Combine the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, green beans, tomatoes, broth, and beans in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the bay leaves, oregano, basil, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- 30-40 minutes before the soup is done cooking, add in the zucchini, pasta, and spinach. Cook until pasta is tender. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Remove bay leaves. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Note-for vegan, don't use the Parmesan cheese and for gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.
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Made this soup yesterday, love it! Any idea what the calorie count would be per serving?
Can you provide the nutritional content for this recipe (calories, protein, fat, etc.)? thanks! It’s in my crackpot now – looking forward to a yummy dinner!
I don’t have the nutritional info, sorry! Enjoy your soup!
This soup is incredibly good! My 5 year old, the sweetest little picky eater, asked me to pack some for his lunch to kindergarten!! I’m in 7th heaven haha! Thanks a bunch for the recipe, definitely a keeper!
You are welcome!
This soup is perfection in a bowl. I used fire-roasted tomatoes to add a little more depth, and my family likes spice so I added about 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. Then…. we ate it for dinner, and then lunch, and another lunch, and Sunday supper, and a snack. For me. Yum.
Loved the soup, but my pasta overcooked within 20 minutes. I will split the blame with my crockpot and cook the mac separately next time!
This looks like the perfect winter soup.
This looks so good! I linked to it on my menu plan for this week!
i would like to make this into a freezer meal, but should I thoroughly cook everything or leave it slightly undercooked?
You can cook everything. The pasta might break down a little after you defrost it, but it will still be tasty!
Absolutely a wonderful recipe! Love the healrhy veggies and that it’s made in a slow cooker. So glad I came across this recipe. Making it tonight for the 4th time!
Could I make this recipe without a slow cooker?
I haven’t a slow cooker but I’d love to make this minestrone, how could I cook it?? Would you please tell me it?? Thanks
You can make it on the stove.
Making this soup in my slow cooker now! I added a few things; diced red bell pepper, fresh sliced mushrooms, extra garlic, chickpeas, used frozen green beans instead of fresh because it’s what I had, and am omitting the pasta (hence the addition of the Chick peas). Might add a little fresh broccoli at the end if my slow cooker has the room for it! Also added red cooking wine and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to brighten up the flavors. Can’t wait to have it for dinner!
Have you actually substituted the GF pasta? GF pasta doesn’t cook like other pastas, nor does it hold or reheat well. I’m curious to know how it works in a slow cooker. This soup looks amazing. I might cook the pasta seperatly just before serving
You stir it in at the end. I have done it once for a friend and it worked. If you are nervous about it, you can cook it on the side.
Omg! This is so delish! It’s snowing today and it’s perfect! I used ABC pasta. I didn’t have any oregano so I used 2 tsp of Italian seasoning. I will def be making this again. Thank you!
can I use dry black beans instead
I love the fresh veg in this soup, but it’s also a great use-up-the-pantry recipe if you don’t have everything. I used canned green beans, black beans instead of kidney, and frozen spinach. It was still very tasty. I’m sure it would have been better with fresh green beans, but it really worked even with the canned. An excellent, easy minestrone recipe! Thanks.
I love this soup. I always make it on a rainy day like today. Then I can take it to work all week. I love all of the recipes from your website. Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much Mary!
This soup is wonderful, easy to make and delicious.
This was really good! The veggies weren’t mushy at all, which is what I thought would happen. It wasn’t a brothy soup, I don’t like brothy. It was just packed with great veggies, beans, pasta and flavor. Keeping this as my new minestrone recipe. Even my extremely picky husband had a couple bowls.
Really wanted to love this soup… but it tasted like vegetables in water. I was able to doctor it up a bit with hot sauce and a bunch of seasonings… but that only did so much. I loved how easy it was to put together and was really hoping for a winner with this one.
How many servings would you estimate are in this? Thanks!
great flavors and easy to make. Veggies are not mushy
Very good. Added kidney beans, salt, pepper to taste. And some spinach at the end. Family liked mozarella.vs parmesan. Will use this recipe again!
This soup is so delicious! I like it better than Olive Garden. Will make this again and again.
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