Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 32 oz container reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped purple onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 3 large celery stalks, diced
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  •  black pepper
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach, ends cut off
  • 2 cups cooked orzo (or other pasta of your choice)
  •  parmesan cheese for topping

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion,  carrots, celery, peppers, and  garlic and saute until tender.

Transfer to the crock pot (or if you are using a Ninja you can skip this step!) . Add the broth, tomatoes, beans and bay leaves, and parsley.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Just before serving, add the spinach.  Cover and cook long enough for the spinach to wilt.  Remove bay leaves. If using pasta or pasta substitue, put about 1/4 in the bottom of a bowl and top with 1 cup of soup.  Garnish with parmesan cheese.

This is really good and loaded with good stuff.  You’ll just be exploding with health from all the antioxidants, fiber and nutrients!

Enjoy Your Day!

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