Soups are a great cold-weather comfort food but canned soup is chalked full of salt. Progresso Vegetable Classics Minestrone Soup has a whopping 690 mg of sodium for one cup of soup. There is no need to use a can of soup when you can easily make your own using your crockpot. Not only will you lower the salt content but the flavors are more rich making for a hearty bowl of soup.
This recipe calls for ditalini pasta which is a small tubular shape pasta that fits perfectly on your soup spoon. But you can use whatever pasta you like: elbow, small shells, rotini, it is totally your choice!
I prefer to use chicken stock because I believe it gives it a bit of a richer flavor. However, you can use vegetable stock to make a totally vegetarian dish.
Sometimes I will add zucchini or squash to this soup. When I do that, I usually add them at the halfway mark because I don’t want them to completely fall apart.
If you are looking for something a bit heartier, then chop a couple of red potatoes into small pieces and add them to the soup. The simple addition of potatoes takes this soup from a side dish to the main course. Just make sure you cut your potatoes into small pieces otherwise they will take forever to cook.
- 1 cup of celery, diced
- 1 cup of carrot, diced
- 1 cup of onion, diced
- 1 cup of green beans, cut into 1" pieces
- 8 cups of no salt added chicken stock
- 2 cans (14.5 oz. can) of no salt added diced tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz.) of no salt added kidney beans
- 1 can (15 oz.) of no salt added pinto beans
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 2 teaspoons of oregano
- 2 teaspoons of thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups of ditalini pasta
- Place all items (except the pasta) in your slow-cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Stir every now and then in the event that your crockpot has a hot spot.
- With about 10 to 15 minutes remaining add your uncooked elbow pasta to your crockpot. Cook on high until the pasta is al dente.
- Crush up some Hint of Salt Ritz or cut up some toasted Lavash Bread for a bit of crunch without using salty items like croutons or french bread.
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Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 148Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 11mgSodium 86mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 7gSugar 6gProtein 10g
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