8 hour meals….(*apologies to Rachael Ray) Minestrone Soup Edition

February 10, 2008 Kyron No Comments

As the parent of a special needs child I am frequently out and on the road at doctors appointments, IEP meetings and after school special activities. Rachael Ray may be the queen of the 30 minute meal – I’ve become the queen of the 8 hour meal! The crock pot is my hero! I throw a bunch of ingredients in the crockpot first thing in the morning, set the time I want it to cook (typically 8-10 hours) and off I go to only open it up in time to serve dinner to the hungry hordes. Weekly on Sundays I will share some of our family’s favorites.

This week’s favorite comes from Slow Cookers for Dummiesslowcooker dummies 8 hour meals….(*apologies to Rachael Ray) Minestrone Soup Edition

Minestrone Soup
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 8 hours on low
Yield: 6 servings


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) basil, oregano, and garlic flavored diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely diced zucchini
  • 1 cup string beans, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup peeled and finely diced potatoes
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 can (19 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 ½ cups ditalini (small tube shaped pasta)
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese


  • Spray a 6 Qt slow cooker with vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Heat the olive oil in large nostick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, 7 or 8 minutes. Add the italian seasoning, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Place the cooked vegetable mixture in the slow cooker. Add the string beans, cabbage, potatoes, salt, pepper, and water. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Add the kidney beans and pasta 20 minutes before serving. Cook until the pasta is tender.
  • Stir in the cheese and serve immediately. (We tend to put the cheese on after we’ve dished it into bowls)

Great with a crusty Italian loaf, sourdough or ciabatta bread

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