Friday, March 6, 2009

Soup's On

Three posts in one day- crazy I tell you! But I made this fabulous soup the other night and thought it only appropriate to share the recipe. The original recipe came from my Southern Living Slow Cooker cookbook but I changed a few things. Heaven forbid I use the exact directions in life!

Chunky Minestrone

* 1 1/2 boxes of low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
* 3 cans (14 1/2 ounce) no-salt-added diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, undrained
* 2 cans (15.5 ounce) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 large bag of frozen chopped spinach
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 cup chopped carrots (I always have the baby carrots on hand so I just used a few handfuls of those)
* 2 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
* 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1 cup uncooked small shell pasta
* freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Chop onion. Place in microwave save dish, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for five minutes. This will ensure that the onion will be soft and not crunchy. Bestie taught me that nifty trick!

Combine first nine ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 6+ hours. Add pasta 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkles each serving with cheese.

This makes a TON! But I like to cook once and freeze the rest for lunches or dinners to be easily enjoyed later.

It is so so yummy and super low fat. But best of all, it's very filling. You'll love it!


QueenBeeSwain said...

my goodness that sounds so delicious and very healthful too- my fav' food combo!


Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Looks great and yummy. Might give it a try this weekend. Always fun to share recipes. :)

coffee break said...

that looks delicious! thanks for the recipie :)

AEG said...

I LOVE Minestrone. It is my FAV!

I normally get Progresso but I will def give this a whirl.

Ink Obsession Designs said...

This looks delish!

katie lake said...

Oh it looks so yummy!

Suzanne said...

That looks delicious! I love making soup, thanks for sharing!

EJR said...

Thanks for letting me know about my word verification problem. I'll try to fix it.

Anonymous said...

I bet this would be delish with veggie broth!

Her Preppiness said...

Sounds Yummy

Mags said...

This looks so yummy. When it gets cooler again next week, I am going to try to make this. My dad is a soup lover like me...he's feeling a little under the weather, so I'd like to make it for him (& the rest of the family). I'll let you know if I follow through with my intentions.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

QueenBeeSwain- it is super healthful. The original recipe called for a couple of tablespoons of EVOO but I omited them. Don't get me wrong- I love EVOO but I didn't see any need for it in this recipe.

RedHeadedJournal- of for sure- if you made it with a veggie broth it would be totally vegitarian and just as delish!

c said...

looks amazing!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Mnnnn yummy! I will have to try this.

Anonymous said...

Oh that looks so good!! Hope that wasn't me that fell off your folowers by the way - I seem to have been disappearing off a few and I can't explain it! Which pilates DVD are you doing btw? I have started doing some workout DVDs too and I thought of trying pilates as well.

Anonymous said...

This looks more-than-delicious Miss Crocodile! We just copied and pasted your recipe, it could be the next pot of soup created here at the Prepatorium!

Thanks for sharing the recipe and the picture!

Molly said...

That looks so good!! I love Southern Living! All my favorite recipes come from there!


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