Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat {Slow Cooker}

11.05.2013

First off, don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients in this recipe. Much of it is dried herbs that you likely have on hand and basic pantry items like canned beans and tomatoes. Second, the easy prep (see the directions) make up for the lengthy list of ingredients. Plus much of it is vegetables so you’ve got to feel great about making this one (not to mention how low in fat it is). This is one of those throw it in the slow cooker and go recipes, which I love. What Mom or anyone in the world who works doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe?

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat | Cooking Classy

I know I’ve probably posted far too many Olive Garden copycat recipes but I love their soups (minus that (what I’m guessing is) canned chicken in their Chicken Gnocchi Soup). We were there last week and of course I ordered the Minestrone, which is probably my favorite out of the 5 soups or whatever it is they have. It reminded me I wanted to make a copycat recipe. So, here it is and I’m excited to say it tastes just like theirs, and even better, it’s made in the slow cooker. Whether or not you like Olive Garden, you’ll want to try this soup. My husband was so hesitant, he thought anything with this many vegetables could never be good, but he loved it. And me, yeah I had like 3 bowls of it, but how could I feel that bad about it? The more veggies the better right :)? Enjoy!

Oh and if you’d like to try out the other Olive Garden copycat recipes I’ve posted here they are (just click on the name and it will take you to the link):

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Olive Garden Minestrone Copycat Recipe {bonus it's made in the slow cooker!} | Cooking Classy

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat {made in the slow cooker} | Cooking Classy

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Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup {Slow Cooker}

4.67 from 12 votes

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (2 carrots)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (1 small)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary , crushed
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 1/3 cups diced zucchini (1 small)
  • 1 1/3 cups shell pasta
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can white navy beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian green beans, drained
  • 2 cups packed chopped fresh spinach
  • Finely shredded Romano cheese , for serving (Parmesan works too)

Instructions

  1. Add vegetable stock, water, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and sugar to a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat 6 - 8 hours or high 3 - 4 hours.
  2. Add in zucchini, pasta, garlic, kidney beans and white beans and cook on high heat and additional 30 - 40 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach and Italian green beans and cook several minutes until heated through. Stir in more vegetable broth or water to thin if desired. Serve warm topped with Romano cheese.
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Recipe Notes

This can also be made on the stove top - heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, add carrots, celery and onions and saute 4 minutes adding in garlic during last minute of sauting. Pour in broth, water and canned tomatoes. Add herbs, sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, cover and and reduce heat slightly, allow to gently boil 10 minutes, then add zucchini and pasta, cover and gently boil 15 minutes longer, or until pasta is tender. Then add canned beans (green and legumes) and spinach and cook 2 - 3 more minutes.

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Copycat {made in the slow cooker} | Cooking Classy

145 comments

  • Carrian: This looks delicious! Just in time for the snow! November 6, 2013 at 7:05am Reply

  • Geanie Beanie: I am going to make white chicken chili today using your recipe, but I am saving this minestrone to try next week. November 6, 2013 at 6:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them both! November 7, 2013 at 7:15pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: You know I love your copycat recipes! And it’s a double win that you could make this in the crockpot! November 5, 2013 at 9:42pm Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: i have not had their soup in so long…you reminded me how much i love it…but i love the fact even more that i can make it fresh at home…along with the breadsticks!!!!

    and isn’t it true that sometimes a long list of ingredients can be daunting so thanks for the heads up & slow cooker perfect! November 5, 2013 at 3:59pm Reply

  • pat simon: I don’t know if it’s my browser (IE 10) or what, but when I click the print link I just get a blank page. Even waiting, the printable version doesn’t appear. Any ideas about what’s up or how I can print more easily than by copying & pasting into another doc?

    Thanks November 5, 2013 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry your having trouble I’ll have to see if I can figure out if there’s a problem on my end. November 16, 2013 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Such gorgeous colors and textures! I would have loved a bowl of this last night – I was freezing and wish I had had some soup! November 5, 2013 at 10:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! I don’t know why but I hate how the two beans align in the close up pic, OCD I guess :). November 10, 2013 at 8:10am Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: This looks amazing! Love olive garden soups ;) November 5, 2013 at 10:25am Reply

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes): That looks so comforting. I could definitely use a bowl. November 5, 2013 at 9:54am Reply

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