Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rebecca's Easy Croc Pot Minestrone

This is one of my husband's favorite soups. I feel like I'm cheating because it's SO EASY! And healthy. And delicious! Here is a picture of the original recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

And here is my version:
5 cups water, 5 tablespoons or cubes beef boullion, 1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed, 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, 1 can undrained stewed tomatoes, 1 can or 1 1/2 cups vegetable juice ( I buy it in the largest store brand can and freeze the rest), (I omit the tomato paste- unnecessary), 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning, 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veg preferrably italian blend but any will do or any canned mixed or leftover vegetables you have in your fridge, 2 cups small pasta preferrably shells, 2 cups fresh spinach cut into strips, (I buy a big bag and cut and measure then freeze the rest), 1 sliced zucchini (can use half and freeze the rest), shredded parmesan cheese for serving.

Put all ingredients into croc pot and cook at least 4 hours on high. Cook pasta right before serving and add to pot. Serve with parmesan and enjoy!

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