Monday, January 14, 2013

Minestrone Soup: Kid-Friendly Meal

My favorite thing about January?  Soup in the Crock Pot!   There’s nothing better on a cold, dark night than a hearty bowl of homemade soup.

One of my family’s favorites is the tried and true Minestrone Soup.  My three year old loves this soup. It’s a great way to sneak some veggies into his diet.

I use this recipe from the little book that came with my Crock Pot.  I often change it a little, based on what's in the pantry, but the basic recipe is just killer.  

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
30 ounces kidney beans, drained
29 ounces beef broth
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in a Crock Pot except the macaroni and Parmesan cheese.  Cover; cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Add cooked macaroni the last 10 minutes.  When ready, add Parmesan cheese.


  1. looks fab!!! i love soup in the winter time!!

  2. Yum! I need to go through my Pinterest soup recipes. I pin them all year waiting for the cold weather!

  3. Ooooh, thanks for sharing!
    I love using my crock pot this time of year!

  4. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I've never made it, but really want to! TFS.

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  6. This looks yummy! We are a soup loving family and if I can cook it up in the crock pot, it's even better. :)

  7. OOOH that looks so yummy! I will definitely be trying this! Thanks Izzy.

  8. looks so good on this very cold day!!!

  9. I am so pinning this into my Food To Try board!! Thanx!

  10. Trying this with our next cool front! Except I'm leaving those beans out ;)


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