Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
This post is sponsored by Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
It may be nearly spring, but it’s still the perfect season for a hot and hearty meal. And we have just such a recipe to help you start National Celery Month the right way: Slow Cooker Minestrone! This traditional soup is brimming with tasty veggies and soul food flavor. Featuring Dandy® celery and many other nutritious veggies, this is a meal made to satisfy and energize.
How To Make Slow Cooker Minestrone
A good soup takes time to prepare, so do this minestrone justice by breaking out the slow cooker! This recipe is an ideal dinner for a busy day. Simply prepare your Slow Cooker Minestrone in the morning or even the night before, then turn on your slow cooker before you start your day. When your family is ready for dinner, this delicious minestrone will be waiting for them!
Our Slow Cooker Minestrone makes use of a lot of hearty ingredients like carrots, onions, beans, and of course, fresh, crunchy celery. That can make for a lengthy grocery store run, which is something many of us are looking to avoid while COVID-19 is still around.
While some of the ingredients, like the celery, should be fresh when you prepare this recipe, others may be things you have stocked in your pantry. Have any cans of tomatoes or beans stashed away? This is the perfect time to crack them open — and cross them off your grocery list before you even walk in the store!
Serve your slow cooker minestrone soup for dinner with a chopped salad, warm Tuscan spinach salad, kale and tomato pasta medley, or a delicious eggplant and tomato pasta. Or, fill up a thermos and pack it for a heartwarming lunch!
- 3 ribs Dandy® Celery diced
- 1 white onion diced
- 2 Carrots peeled and diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 3/4 cup green beans
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken stock *sub vegetable stock to make soup vegetarian
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 15 oz can cannellini beans drained and rinsed *can sub kidney beans
- 1 zucchini diced
- 1 cup ditalini pasta *can sub elbow macaroni
- shredded parmesan cheese for serving
- Add celery, onion, carrots, garlic, green beans, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, chicken stock, salt, pepper, and bay leaves to a slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
- Add in the cannellini beans, zucchini, and pasta and cook on high for 20 minutes.
- Serve hot and top with parmesan cheese.
Celery-brate March with Dandy® Celery
March is National Celery Month — and it’s about time this versatile veggie got it’s due! Packed with nutrition, celery is an excellent addition to any meal. It’s crunchy texture and neutral flavor makes it great for dipping and the ideal alternative to chips and other less-than-healthy snacks.
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When we buy celery, we look for the Dandy® logo to make sure we’re getting the best quality. For nearly a century, the Duda family has brought crops to market – and customers have been loving them! After six generations, this farming family is still passionate about growing the safest, freshest produce possible.
But agriculture is more than just a family pastime. Using traditional breeding practices, the experts at Duda Farm Fresh Foods grow top-quality, GMO-free produce. Backed by modern science, they grow and harvest their fruits and vegetables in the best possible conditions. When you buy Dandy® celery for your Slow Cooker Minestrone, rest assured that the freshest, crunchiest celery available is going into your soup!
Did your family love this hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone? Mark this National Celery Month with a soup they won’t soon forget. Let us know how your minestrone turned out in the comments below or tag us in your recipe photos on Instagram @theproducemoms and @dandyfreshproduce.