Rain is in the forecast, so is an Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe
I love this recipe, first it’s EASY, made in the crock pot with no fuss, no mess no stirring! Even better it’s low in calories, high in vitamins, fiber and nutrient rich! But the BEST part is that the boys love it as much as I do! I don’t have to feel bad making something I crave only to listen to grumbling at the dinner table. I serve it with a yeasty homemade bread for dipping.
I hope your family enjoys this Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe as much as we do. The forecast is for rain tonight through tomorrow so this Italian “Big Soup” , which means it is a meal not a first-course, will be dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow for the three of us. Looks like Bill can’t cut grass tomorrow so I need to find my ‘Honey-Duty’ list for him!
- Approx. 1 pound beef marrow bones (leave the meat out to make it vegetarian)
- Rind/chunk of hard parmesan cheese to cook in the soup (approx. 1" square) with larger piece saved for grating later or you can use grated parmesan from the store
- 1 box (3½) cups low-sodium veggie stock
- ½ cup red wine, something you would drink
- 1 cup water if needed
- 1 cup EACH of the 'trinity': diced carrot ~ diced celery ~ diced onion
- 1 Large 28 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 small zucchini chopped, unpeeled
- 1 bag frozen Italian green beans cooked following directions in the microwave or on the stove
- 4 cloves of minced garlic (it's a veggie, read here)
- 2 cups fresh spinach washed, chopped with stems removed
- ¼ cup fresh basil or 1 T dried
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried / crushed rosemary
- 5-6 stems fresh times leaves pulled from stems or ½ tsp dried
- 1 T fresh chopped parsley or 1 tsp dried
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tsp sugar - granulated or raw (can omit if you don't consume sugar)
- Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 2 T olive oil for browning meat and a little more for drizzling later
- 1 can dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can cannellini beans or white navy beans drained and rinsed
- 6-10 ounces our your favorite pasta (see Summary for choices)
- In a medium fry pan heat 2 T olive oil and brown off marrow bones for 3 minutes
- In a 6-7 quart crock pot add the beef bones with the rendered fat and scrapings from the pan, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, basil, bay leaves, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tomatoes and sugar.
- Mix the stock and red wine, pouring enough to cover the bones and veggies leveling liquid off at the top of your crock pot, without over-filling. If all your stock/red wine mixture did not go into the crock pot reserve it and add more as the liquid cooks down. The marrow in the bones thickens the soup, if it becomes too thick or the liquid level drops too low add a little more water if needed if you don't have any reserved stock/wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set to low for 6 -7 hours or on high for 3-4.
- Add the beans, garlic, pasta, zucchini, and parmesan rind, cook on high for another 30 minutes or until your pasta is tender, depending on its size.
- Skim fat off the top, remove the beef bones, parmesan rind and bay leaves. Toss in the spinach and pre-cooked green beans. Once the spinach wilts it is ready to serve.
- Serve warm topped with grated parmesan cheese and a drizzle of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil with a crusty Italian bread for dipping.
My advice, go with the shapes your kids like; however, my favorite for adult palates is Ditalini. Serve warm topped with grated parmesan cheese and a drizzle of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil with a crusty Italian bread for dipping.
Shopping the Ingredients for Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
Before heading out to pick up ingredients I stop to check a couple of things. I save a ton of money as a moderate coupon-er. I’ve surprisingly converted my sons and my “I’m not doing that!” husband; once they saw the benefits they had no choice! Check out the totals on the receipt below!
To learn more about saving money and using coupons without much time or effort read Grocery Shopping on a Budget .
to Publix (coupons in hand) for my marrow bones, BOGO deal on spinach, pasta and other ingredients!
I spent $5 at The Market and have 3/4 of my celery, carrots and onion left as well as 4 whole heads of garlic and $10 at Publix with 1 3/4 bags of fresh spinach (BOGO) leftover and the other box of pasta (also BOGO). I bought the bread instead of making it today otherwise I would have spent $7 at Publix for a total of $15 for this fragrant soup with fresh-baked bread that will serve 3 of us at dinner tonight and again at lunch tomorrow. Makes enough for 6
Lots of good deals on what I need for my Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup recipe @ Publix today ~ Check out Coupon Mom – your store is listed too!
The rain is near & the soup is smelling delish! Time to go look for that Honey Duty List!!
With a smile, Carlyn 🙂