Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat {Slow Cooker}

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat {Slow Cooker}

First off, don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients in this recipe. Much of it is dried herbs that you likely have on hand and basic pantry items like canned beans and tomatoes. Second, the easy prep (see the directions) make up for the lengthy list of ingredients. Plus much of it is vegetables so you’ve got to feel great about making this one (not to mention how low in fat it is). This is one of those throw it in the slow cooker and go recipes, which I love. What Mom or anyone in the world who works doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe?

Ingredients

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (2 carrots)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (1 small)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/3 cups diced zucchini (1 small)
  • 1 1/3 cups shell pasta
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can white navy beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian green beans, drained
  • 2 cups slightly packed chopped fresh spinach
  • Finely shredded Romano cheese, for serving (Parmesan works too)
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