Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup


A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs in check while providing plenty of flavor.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-sodium-added red kidney beans, rinsed

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-sodium-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 6 cups no-sodium-added vegetable broth, such as Kitchen Basics

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped

  • 4 ounces whole-wheat pasta elbows or other small pasta (about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine carrots, celery, onion, garlic, green beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a 6- to 8-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

  2. Stir in zucchini, pasta, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook on Low until the pasta is tender, 15 to 20 minutes more. Serve immediately, topping each serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan.


Equipment: 6- to 8-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

222 Calories
2g Fat
42g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 cups soup and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese
Calories 222
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 12g 23%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 6724IU 134%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 42mcg 11%
Sodium 525mg 23%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 74mg 18%
Potassium 934mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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