Easy Minestrone Soup – The Recipe Rebel (stovetop or slow cooker)


This easy Minestrone Soup is an easy, healthy meal loaded with veggies, beans and pasta. It’s vegetarian, dairy-free and has gluten-free options! Make ahead and freezer friendly.

Recipe first shared on Spend with Pennies.

minestrone soup in pot


Soup lovers rejoice!

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It’s soup season here for probably another 6 months in Manitoba and so I’m dusting off all my old favorites to share here with you, including this easy 30 Minute Minestrone Soup.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a big veggie eater. I know they’re good for me, I just can’t do it.

(Note that there is no “Salad” category here on The Recipe Rebel).

And so I sneak them in in soup recipes, pastas, and casseroles of all kinds. I shred them, slow cook them, or stir them into soup where they take on all the delicious flavours around them and no one is any wiser.

Which is why this Minestrone Soup is one of my favorites.

scoop of easy minestrone soup

I actually like to eat healthy, and I exercise, and it’s important to me that I get a wide variety of foods in my diet. And as a die hard soup lover? This is absolutely my preferred way to get them.

Reasons to love this easy Minestrone Soup:

  • Mix and match: swap out the veggies as you wish! Add in green beans, mushrooms or broccoli or your family is into them (ours is not so much!), or add in additional proteins, rice, or even a Parmesan cheese rind if you have one left over for Thee Most Incredible Flavour.
  • All the good stuff: this soup is packed with good-for-you vegetables, whole grains and a tomato and broth base, making it a healthy option for a weeknight dinner.
  • Budget-friendly: soup is an awesome way to stretch the budget, especially if you’re serving with a good loaf of bread to fill hungry tummies. Vegetables (feel free to use frozen or canned if they’re a less expensive option) and pasta are easy to find and won’t break the bank.
  • Make-ahead meal: Soups like this are easily prepped ahead. You can chop all the veggies, add the broth and beans and let it hang out in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance, so you can make dinner when you have time, and not at 5:00 when the kids are hangry and irritable.

bowl of minestrone soup

How to make Crockpot Minestrone Soup:

Soup is one of my favorite things to cook in the crockpot or slow cooker, and this Minestrone is right up there at the top.

You can simply stir all of the ingredients together except for the pasta into the slow cooker, and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or high for 4-5 hours. About 20 minutes before you want to serve, stir in the pasta, cover, and let cook until pasta reaches desired tenderness (this will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on your cut of pasta, so keep an eye on it!).

More recipes with sneaky veggies:

I’m a big fan of getting those veggies if you don’t know you are! Here are a few of my favorite recipes with sneaky vegetables:

bowl of minestrone soup

Easy Minestrone Soup

This easy Minestrone Soup is an easy, healthy meal loaded with veggies, beans and pasta. It’s vegetarian, dairy-free and has gluten-free options! Make ahead and freezer friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 1
    tablespoon
    canola oil
  • 1/2
    medium onion
    finely diced
  • 2
    stalks celery
    sliced
  • 3
    large carrots
    peeled and finely chopped
  • 2
    teaspoons
    salt
  • 1
    teaspoon
    minced garlic
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried parsley
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried basil
  • 1/8
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 2
    cups
    fresh spinach
    finely chopped
  • 28
    oz
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 4
    cups
    low sodium chicken broth
  • 540
    ml
    canned red kidney beans
    rinsed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    Rotini pasta
    dry
  • Parmesan for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pot cook and stir the oil, carrots, celery and onion over medium-high heat until the onion has softened, about 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add the salt, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, and pepper and cook 1 minute.

  3. Add the spinach, tomatoes, broth, and beans. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until carrots are tender.

  4. Stir in pasta, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta reaches desired tenderness.

  5. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Easy Minestrone Soup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4g
6%

Sodium 1283mg
53%

Potassium 852mg
24%

Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%

Dietary Fiber 8g
32%

Sugars 7g

Protein 11g
22%

Vitamin A
125%

Vitamin C
23%

Calcium
11.3%

Iron
19.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 



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