Slow-Cooked Minestrone


Try this slow cooker version of the popular tomato-based soup that combines beef, beans, pasta, and vegetables into one slow-simmering main dish.

Slow-Cooked Minestrone
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (undrained)

  • 2 14 ounce can beef broth

  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (2 medium)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup dried bow tie pasta

  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In 5- to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; combine beef, undrained tomatoes, broth, cannellini beans, kidney beans, carrots, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours. Add pasta and squash to cooker (if using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting). Cover and cook 30 to 45 minutes more or until pasta is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan cheese. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
3g Fat
30g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 1266mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 455mg 10%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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