This minestrone is full of fresh veggies, and so simple to make. Everything, including a jar of pasta sauce goes right in the crock pot!
We eat soup year round, but it becomes a weekly addition to our meal plans in the fall and winter. Even though our temps aren’t quite reflecting it yet, fall is coming, it’s right around the corner. Flavors are turning to apples, pumpkin, and meals like stews and soups. The best part of early fall to me, aside from all of my favorite foods, is that so many gardens and farmers markets are bursting with home grown veggies! I say we combine those two favorites of mine, and make dinner!
Soup has always been my favorite meal, it’s just so comforting to me. I remember coming home from school, and getting that whiff of dinner when I walked into the house. “What’s for dinner?” The age old question. My mom would tell me ‘soup’ and I was elated! Not only did that mean I was going to enjoy dinner, I would enjoy it for lunch the next day, too.
Yes, I was that kiddo with the Snoopy lunch pail and thermos!
My oldest daughter is just like that. When she asks what’s for dinner, and say soup, she is thrilled! She will eat soup for breakfast when given the chance. She loves minestrone, and I decided my website wouldn’t be complete with out a recipe for her to refer to when she wants to make it herself someday.
This recipe is simple. It starts with your crock pot, a jar of Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Marinara Sauce and a whole bunch of fresh veggies!
I love these little ring pasta noodles I found! Try them when you try this recipe. My kids loved them!
I love how good FOR you this recipe is, too. I felt content knowing that my family had a wonderful wholesome meal, even on a night that we rushed from school to football and cheerleading, and weren’t eating until three hours past our normal family dinner hour. Dinner was ready and waiting in the crock pot, we were able to sit as a family and enjoy it after a very busy day.
I have long been a fan of Mezzetta products, and now that they offer these homemade sauces, I am an even bigger fan!
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- 1 jar of Mezzetta® Napa Valley Homemade™ Marinara Sauce
- 2 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes + 1 can water
- 32 ounces Vegetable stock
- 1 cup shallots, chopped
- ½ cup onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ cups celery, diced
- 1½ cups carrots, diced
- 3 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 (7 oz) package "ring" pasta
- 1 (15 oz) can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups zucchini, diced
- 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- Fresh Parmesan cheese for serving
- Add to your crock pot: Marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, shallots, onion, celery, carrots, water, vegetable stock, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Give a stir, cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours OR on low for 6-8 hours.
- Add kidney and Great Northern beans, ring pasta and zucchini to the crock pot, and heat on high for about 30 minutes. Salt & Pepper to taste.
- Before serving, stir in green beans and spinach.
- Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
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