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Vegetarian Minestrone Crockpot Soup

Vegetarian Minestrone

 

Hearty Vegetarian Minestrone Crockpot Soup

 

1 medium sized leek, sliced into ½ inch rounds and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 cup frozen corn

3 medium sized carrots, cut into ¼ inch rounds (no need to peel!  Just scrub them clean!)

2 celery stalks, cut into ¼ inch pieces

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

The stems from a bunch of red Swiss chard, cut into ¼ inch pieces (save the greens for later)

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon red chili pepper

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 (32 oz.) carton of organic vegetable broth

2 cups water

 

There’s more…but add later!

 

1 cup whole-wheat (or gluten free) pasta shells

The greens from the red Swiss chard, cut into 1 inch wide pieces

½ head of green cabbages, shredded (or 4 cups)

1 medium size zucchini, cut into chunks (not need to peel!)

1 medium size yellow squash, cut into chunks (not need to peel!)

1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

 

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients from the top list into the crockpot and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.

 

Go ahead and prep the ingredients from the bottom list to have ready when you return to the crockpot after work.  Cook the pasta according to package directions and rinse in cold water and keep in the refrigerator.  Mix the vegetables together, including the beans, in a large bowl and also refrigerate.  

 

When you come home in the evening add the bowl of vegetables to the crockpot and allow to cook for about 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves.  Stir in the cooked pasta and simmer another 10 minutes.  Enjoy with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.  

 

For your non-vegetarians add some shredded chicken to individual bowls!

 

My husband prepared chicken breasts on Monday to add to all the soup creations we have enjoyed this week.   Our weather this week has included intermittent snow showers the last couple of days and soup always warms a cold belly!  Make the most of your week with simple crockpot recipes made with fresh ingredients.  Preparation the night before makes for a quick throw together in the morning with very little clean up!  And, the best part of a crockpot meal is that it’s ready when you come in from a long day of busyness!  There you have it!  Friday Focus, a tasty recipe for your family to enjoy!   

Voila !

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