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I am a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and this slow cooker minestrone recipe is sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking.

Does your pantry kind of look like a “cantry”?  Ours definitely does.  If you open our cupboard doors you’ll find them fully stocked with cans of vegetables, fruit, broth, stock, beans and more.

Growing up we always had canned and jarred foods on hand.  The winters were unpredictable and a full “cantry” meant that even in the middle of a blizzard you could have a flavorful meal made with ingredients picked at the peak of ripeness, locking in their fresh taste.  Even on a beautiful, sunny day canned foods are a great shortcut to getting dinner on the table.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe - this minestrone is easy, and made even easier by cooking in the slow cooker! Filled with beans, veggies, and ground beef it's warm and filling.

One of our favorite meals to make using canned ingredients in a slow cooker minestrone I’ve been making for a few years now.  It’s on a short list of recipes that my husband specifically requests over and over.  I’m always happy to oblige because in addition to tasting amazing, it’s so easy to put together!

Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe

4.8 from 8 reviews
Minestrone Soup
  • 1 can (28oz) Red Gold diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Bush's Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Bush's Cannellini Beans
  • 32 oz. beef stock
  • 14 oz. traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1½ C carrot shreds
  • 1.5 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2.5 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 4 oz. ditalini pasta
  • Parmesan cheese rind (optional)
  1. In a skillet over medium-low heat, brown ground beef; drain.
  2. Place tomatoes, both beans, celery, carrots, browned ground beef, Parmesan rind (if using) and spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle oregano, pepper, parsley, and onion powder across the ingredients in the slow cooker. Mix well.
  4. Pour beef stock over the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  6. minutes before serving, cook ditalini pasta according to package instructions for al dente pasta. Add to the minestrone and continue cooking on low the remaining 30 minutes.


Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe #CansGetYouCooking

This recipe makes a very full slow cooker full of soup, so you can certainly cut it in half.  We love having leftovers for lunch the next couple of days, though.  I also like a little fresh shaved Parmesan on the top of my soup, and when we’re down to the last little bit of cheese I cut the rind of the wedge and add it to the soup for an extra level of flavor.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of canned goods, you check out Cans Get You Cooking on Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Their Pinterest boards, especially, have tons of delicious-sounding recipes that I have pinned to try, myself.

What is your favorite recipe to make using canned goods?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  47 Responses to “Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe”

  1. That looks delicious! I need to try it.

  2. We always have a good supply of canned goods on hand! Your soup recipe looks so good, and it’s so easy too!

  3. This looks SO good and it being a crockpot recipe, so easy as well! Being a full time working mom, I am always looking for an easy meal like this. I will definitely give it a try and let you know how mine turns out!

  4. Wow – all from cans? I am definitely a fresh food person, but I can see how these canned products are not in any way shape or form bad for my diet. I will definitely try this recipe – I love soups in the winter time and can pretty much get my kids to eat them with a grilled cheese sandwich! Yummy!

  5. I’ve been doing most of my cooking in my slow cooker lately but I haven’t tried soup yet. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I can’t seem to get enough homemade soup lately. Your recipe looks fabulous!

  7. I’m not a big fan of beans so this wouldn’t be for me, but I would make this recipe for my hubs.

  8. This looks so good!!!

  9. Looks amazing! I love soups in the winter months!

  10. I like the many variations and ideas that came to mind when I saw your notice about a cantry in the pantry. Soup is wonderful on a cold winter day.

  11. With a big storm on the way, this would be perfect to make! I pinned this for future reference!

  12. I love making homemade chili with canned goods. I think I open 7 cans for my version!

  13. Yes I am so glad you posted this. I was searching for a good milestone recipe the other day. Pinning

  14. One of my favorite kinds of soup! And with the cold weather, this is PERFECT. Add some crusty bread with mine.

  15. This looks like a great recipe! I’ll have to make some this week and add some French bread!

  16. A very nice lunch to have on a cold winter’s day!! It’s freezing here in Texas today and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!

  17. This looks like an amazing soup for cold weather months! It would be perfect with some fresh bread today!

  18. I am all for any recipe that minimizes my time in the kitchen. And this Minestrone recipe sounds super yummy on top of that!

  19. Yum I needed this today! Your pictures are amazing! Pinning this!

  20. That looks soooo good! I’m bookmarking this page so I can come back to it when I get my slow cooker this weekend. We usually just eat straight from the can, and don’t add anything at all. While that works well sometimes, it would be nice to have something a little more personalized to our tastes.

  21. Homemade soup is one of my favorites! I’ve never made minestrone with meat – ours have always been vegetarian. Might be fun to try this variation soon!

  22. Oh yum this looks good, and I LOVE crockpot recipes!

  23. This looks delicious. I love recipes with beans!! (Got this one pinned too.)

  24. Hi! I found you on Simply Stacie! You have some great recipes here!

  25. YUM! That looks so good. I’ve never had minstrone soup!

  26. Oh I love Minestrone, thank you for sharing. I would love to try this recipe.

  27. This looks delicious! I love minestrone soup and have been looking for a good recipe to try. I love this even more because its a slow cooker one!

  28. i love minestrone soup. beans are a family favorite lately.

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  33. Made this today… delish!! Also, I didn’t cook the pasta separately, I just added it to the pot for the last 20 mins of cooking time. I do think this is more akin to Olive Garden’s pasta e fagoli soup, not so much minestrone. Luckily, pasta e fagoli is my favorite soup :)

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Amanda! I sometimes toss it in for the last few minutes, too – works really well! Just depends on if I’m serving a big group (that way they can add or not add the pasta to their preference).

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