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Crock Pot Minestrone

No recipe image available.Start the minestrone in the morning and when you get home from a busy day, dinner will be ready.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound lean beef, cubed
6 cups water or stock
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 teaspoon beef base
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 1/2 teaspoons salt (or less)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 cup uncooked small elbow or small shell macaroni
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine beef, water or stock, tomatoes, bouillon cube, onion, parsley, salt, thyme and black pepper in crockpot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Add zucchini, cabbage, garbanzo beans and macaroni and cook on high, covered, for 30 to 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 servings.