Crock pot Minestrone

We eat a lot of crock pot soups at my house.  They are delicious, filling, healthy, and easy.  What’s not to love about that?!  Mr. Real Food specifically requested minestrone so this is to honor his request.  It only takes about 20 minutes to prep the ingredients and another 6 or so hours cooking in the crock pot.  Super easy!

Minestrone is a thick and hearty traditional Italian soup that you would find on almost any Italian’s table.


Crock Pot Minestrone


6 cups organic vegetable broth

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 zucchini, cubed

1 handful baby spinach leaves, chopped

1/2 cup barley, dry

1 14.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon parsley

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cups whole wheat pasta shells (small or medium)


Combine all ingredients in crockpot.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or until pasta and vegetables are tender.


7 comments on “Crock pot Minestrone

  1. Looks delicious! I have a long list of amazing soups to try now and can’t wait. Now if it would only stay below say 70 in So. Cal. I know, wah, wah…..

  2. That looks so delicious! I’ve turned my world around this year and are only eating healthy. I’ve stopped my 5 to 6 cans of coke a day and are exercising regularly. I so love this blog!! Hugs Paula x

  3. […] Minestrone Soup  Mr. Real Food loves the Minestrone Soup at Olive Garden.  While this is not a copycat version of Olive Garden, it’s definitely a delicious and filling soup that’s perfect for a cold winter night! […]

  4. Very flavourful!!! Mine turned out like a stoup,very thick which is fine! (too much barley probably) loved the flavour and all the veggies definitely satisfying! Will make it again for sure!

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