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Healthy Hearty Crock Pot Minestrone Soup 🍲

8 Sep

It’s starting to feel just a little like Fall around here! And it has me craving one of my favorite recipes ever! This will be a HIT in your home! Let me know those that tries this recipe and comment on how much you loved it!

xoxo Meredith

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 6-8 hours

INGREDIENTS

* 1 15 oz can white beans, drained, rinsed (cannelloni or navy)

* 32 oz container redused sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth for vegetarians

* 2 tsp olive oil

* 1/2 cup chopped onion 

* 1 cup diced carrots

* 1/2 cup diced celery

* 2 garlic cloves, minced

* 1 29oz can petite diced tomatoes

* Parmesan cheese rind

* 1 fresh rosemary sprig

* 2 bay leaves

* 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

* 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

* 1/2 tsp sea salt 

* 1/2 tsp black pepper

* 1 large zucchini, diced

* 2 cups chopped fresh spinach

* Small pasta such as ditalini

* Cooked Turkey Meatballs fresh or frozen

* Extra fresh parmesan cheese for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender.  (Hides the beans from the kids to see but has the nutrients and thickens the broth!…You’re Welcome!) Then Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, carrots, celery, onion, and sauce until tender and fragrant, about 15 minutes. 

2. Transfer to the crock pit along with the remaining broth, tomatoes, pureed beans, parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper.  Add the rosemary, bay leaves, basil and parsley, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. 

3. Forty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini, spinach and cooked Turkey Meatballs. I like the ones that have added parmesean cheese inside. I find at Publix! Cover and cook 30 more minutes.  Remove bay leaves, rosemary sprig, parmesan rind and season to taste with salt and pepper.  

4. Boil Ditalini pasta till all dente.  

5. Ladle 1-1/4 cps soup into bows with 1/4 cup pasta and top with fresh parmesan shredded cheese.  I serve with cracked pepper crackers!

FYI this is a skinny recipe.  So only 190 calories then if you add the turkey meatballs (which I do) then only a little more and more protein!! 🙌🏼👏🏼

Pictures to save to phone for ingrediants and recipe below! Enjoy!

xoxo Meredith

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