Simple and healthy minestrone soup made easy in the slow cooker! This gluten free and vegan soup is the perfect way to warm up this winter.
There’s nothing like a warm and cozy bowl of soup when you’re under the weather, is there? If you’re tired and run down, or suffering from a cold, a bowl of soup is the perfect remedy. This minestrone is just right for those days when you don’t feel great – it’s soothing, full of nutrients, and very low maintenance.
As I mentioned on Monday, we have been having a rough time over here. This cold is just making its way through our family one person at a time. And it’s leaving us a bit tired and crabby. It’s times like these that I’m grateful for the slow cooker! I can just throw everything inside and forget about it. A few hours later, dinner is served.
I added some kale to this soup because I’m always trying to find ways to get us to eat more greens over here. You could use spinach instead if you prefer.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup sliced or shredded carrots
- 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can tri-color bean medley, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
- 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 32 ounce box chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup fresh curly kale, torn into small pieces
- 1 cup frozen green beans
- Place the olive oil, chopped onion, and minced garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker and set it to high.
- Add the carrots, garbanzo beans, tri-color beans, fire roasted tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and broth. Stir and put the cover on.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6 hours.
- minutes before you want to serve the soup, add the curly kale and the frozen green beans. Stir and put the cover back on and cook the soup for 30 minutes.
- Season with more salt and pepper if desired.
This is a great meal to make if you’re having an especially busy week, too. It’s so simple, with almost no prep time, and it’s filled with healthy veggies to keep you going when you’re stressed out.
What have you been making in the slow cooker lately?