Classic Minestrone

Photo: Caleb Zorn; Styling: Nicole McLaughlin

This thick, classic Italian soup is packed with healthy veggies like fresh carrots, onion, garlic, and kale. And at only 219 calories, you can afford to have seconds.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Yields: Serves 6


calories 219

fat 2g

satfat 0.0g

protein 13g

carbohydrate 40g

fiber 8g

cholesterol 0.0mg

sodium 824mg


2 carrots, diced

2 ribs celery, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes with liquid

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 cup small shell pasta or macaroni

1 cup shredded escarole or kale

1 15.5-oz. can cannellini or navy beans, drained

Grated Parmesan, for serving, optional

How to Make It

Combine carrots, celery, onion and garlic in slow cooker. Pour in broth and stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Thirty minutes before serving, stir in pasta, escarole and beans. Cover, increase heat to high and cook until pasta is tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan, if desired.


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