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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Easy Crock-pot Veggie Minestrone Soup

It's time for another recipe! I got the inspiration for this one from a recipe my aunt emailed me, combined it with a recipe from Hunt's, and tweaked them both a bit to work with what we had on-hand. It's delicious, super quick to prepare, healthy, and oh so easy. Yep, this one's a keeper!!

And as an added bonus, it's dairy-free! I put cheese on it because Kraft Naturals has cheese with 0 grams of lactose! Yay! It's also great without the cheese :)

We will DEFINITELY be making this again! And I love that there are several easy ways to change up the flavor without changing the recipe very much! Like by adding Italian sausage or some other meat instead of ground beef, using different veggie blends (celery and carrots maybe?), tossing in some chunks of potato instead of pasta, adding fresh basil or fresh parsley, adding different spices, you get the idea :)

So without further ado, here's the recipe!

Easy Crock-pot Veggie Minestrone Soup

Mix together in the crock-pot:
- 1 24 oz can of pasta sauce (I used Hunt's Garlic and Herb)
- 2 cups of water
- between 1 and 1 1/2 cups of frozen veggies (I used a frozen peas, carrots, corn, green bean, and lima bean mix)
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 lb. cooked ground beef
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 Tbs Italian seasoning

Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours.

30 minutes before you plan on eating, add the following:
- 1 1/4 cup uncooked pasta mini shells (or some other small shape)
- 2 cups of water (yes, in addition to the 2 cups you added in the first phase)

Cook on high for 30 minutes. Top with Parmesan, or an Italian blend of shredded cheese. (I put pepperjack on mine for a fun little kick :) I also added a bit more Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper because I wanted mine stronger than Trevor wanted his)



  1. that sounds so good! definitely going onto the soup rotation this fall! :)