One Fabulous Thing

…because each day has at least one.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Minestrone April 4, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — onefabulousthing @ 9:02 pm

Like just about everything I make, this soup has a lot of variations, usually depending on what I have on hand. This is what it looked like today:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey, browned on the stovetop then dumped into the crockpot
  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth that I had leftover from making the risotto last week
  • 2 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 5 good sized carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 1/3 of a bag of frozen green beans
  • 1/3 of a bag of frozen peas
  • 1 15.5 ounce can of red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15.5 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • Two garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with the broad edge of a knife
  • Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, marjoram)
  • Ground black pepper and salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh Italian parsley (had a bunch I needed to use)

Combine all of the above ingredients except the parsley in a large crockpot, seasoning to taste as you cook. Add water if needed to ensure a loose broth. Cook on low for at least 4 and up to 8 hours, add fresh parsley at the end. If there is enough room, I add a cup of a small cut of pasta about an hour before we eat, like small elbows or orzo. If you don’t have any stock, adding a half of an onion chopped up adds a nice depth of flavor. Freezes beautifully.

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