Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

By Maria Lichty

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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup-this easy slow cooker soup is loaded with vegetables, beans, and pasta. It is great for lunch or dinner! 

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Recipe

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!

Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

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.

Crockpot Minestrone Soup Recipe

And I really do enjoy watching the snow from inside…under a blanket, with cozy socks on, and a warm bowl of soup!

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup in crockpot

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!

Healthy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Recipe in bowls

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!

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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

This easy slow cooker soup is loaded with veggies, beans, and whole wheat pasta! It is the perfect meal for a cold day!
4.54 from 32 votes


  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I was looking for a minestrone soup recipe to make for today this looks perfect. Tell Josh to come visit us in CT we are expecting 30 inches of snow by the end of tomorrow.

  2. Loving this nourishing, hearty and vibrant veggie soup, pairs perfect with snow. And if you’re looking for snow, Buffalo, yup, we’ve been sledding everyday!

  3. Loving this bowl of easy, slow cooker, veggie, comfort goodness! Totally what I want for dinner tonight AND all the nights! Pinned!

  4. This soup looks wonderful! And I totally agree–I always top mine with a hefty sprinkling of parmesan cheese! Nothing’s better. Thinking snow thoughts for you!! 🙂

  5. This is a beautiful minestrone! The fact that it is made in the slow cooker makes me love it even more!

  6. This recipe is just in time for the blizzard we are having here in NY. When I went to the supermarket to buy “provisions” for the storm, I had this recipe with me so I could be sure to get all the ingredients. While the blizzard continues tomorrow, my slow cooker will be cooking this yummy looking soup!

  7. I just went yesterday and bought a slow cooker, then thinking about what I want for dinner and it’s perfect weather for minestrone in Australia at the moment …. Then I saw this is my email, what are the odds .

  8. I am seriously obsessed with making soup…and this one looks amazing! I love that it is basically a full meal in a bowl. YUMMMM!

  9. Made this over the weekend and it was delicious. My house smelled so good once it really got going. Only changes I made: fresh rosemary; ditilini (sp.?) pasta and an extra carrot (mine were really small). No parm cheese but it was very good!! Easy to put together since you don’t pre-cook anything. Thanks!!

  10. Wow, I’ve been looking for a good minestrone soup recipe and I’ll def be trying this! It’s one of my favorite soups!

  11. Finally, a slow cooker recipe with veggies. I feel like they are rare and really hard to get right – the veggies often end up mushy. I will definitely be trying this out!

  12. We have tried a few of your soup recipes the past month and all, including this one, are delicious. Thanks for sharing a hearty and simple to put together recipe. The lemon orzo and chicken and wild rice are right up there with all the deliciousness as well! Oh, and we tried one with lime and chickpeas I think… Mmmm! Soups must be your thing 🙂 all so good.

  13. This looks delicious! I would make the pasta separately, undercook it, and throw it into each individual bowl of soup as I serve it. Otherwise it will taste like mush.

  14. What is the Sodium content for 1 bowl of this soup? I am on a very restricted sodium diet and would love to make this but I need to know what the sodium content is before I can. Thanks for your help.

    1. I am not sure on the sodium content. You can use reduced or low sodium beans, tomatoes, etc.

  15. Just put this in the slow cooker. Wasn’t sure …. do you drain the cannellini beans?

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  16. This is currently cooking in my crockpot, and I added stew beef — so excited to eat this AND serve it to our 1-year old!! 🙂

  17. just looking at this & wondering how to make it stove top friendly? not sure where my slow cooker is! thanks! 🙂

  18. This is the best minestrone soup we’ve made homemade! It has a taste like the Olive Garden minestrone soup! We left out the green beans and spinach just for our taste preferences, but this was still beyond delicious!

  19. This soup was outstanding. It has just the right amount of seasonings. The veggies turn out great, with some firmness. It’s very fresh tasting. I cooked it according to directions, but I cooked the pasta separately and add it as we need it. I prefer the option of not having the extra carbs. Delish and a crowd pleaser! Thanks!

  20. This is super super yummy! I’m wondering if this freezes well? I get scared to freeze some veggies for fear they will change texture.

    1. Yes! I freeze this soup. The pasta sometimes gets a little broken up after defrosting, but it still tastes great!

  21. I was looking at this and another minestrone soup recipe and they’re quite similar, except the other one calls for 8 cups broth and 4 cups water… Yours calls for just 6. Does this make a fairly think/ dense soup? I wonder if the water in the other recipe waters down the flavour, but still I’m wonder if I use more broth if that means more soup? Thoughts?

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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. 

  25. 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!

  26. i would like to make this into a freezer meal, but should I thoroughly cook everything or leave it  slightly undercooked?

    1. You can cook everything. The pasta might break down a little after you defrost it, but it will still be tasty!

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. 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

    1. 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.

  31. 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! 

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 5 stars
    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. 

  35. 2 stars
    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.

  36. 5 stars
    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!

  37. 4 stars
    Love a crock pot soup! I also am a fan of the hearty amount of veggies in this one, but this is lacking on flavor for some reason. I did add 1 TBS of tomato paste, 1 tsp of salt and maybe 1/4 tsp of pepper, but very bland tasting. I’ll need to play with it to up the flavor ratio.

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