This soup is hearty and delicious. If you want to make it vegetarian friendly, omit the ground beef and swap out the beef stock for vegetable broth.
Serve it with some Homemade French Bread and you have the perfect meal.
how to make slow cooker beef minestrone soup
Step 1: In a medium skillet, brown ground beef until completely cooked.
Step 2: Place your ground beef, diced tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper into your slow cooker.
Step 3: Add in beef stock, water, and tomato juice.
Step 4: Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
Step 5: After cooking time is up, add in red kidney beans, cannellini beans, zucchini, green beans and pasta, and cook on high heat for an additional 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
could I used ground turkey or another type of beef?
I don’t know about you, but all the different types of beef can be a little overwhelming at the store. It gets a little frustrating looking at all of them and they all look slightly different, but the meat could make or break dinner.
If you are anything like me, you need exact names. Here are a few different types of beef I have used in this recipe, and they all tasted amazing.
-Lean Ground Beef. Ground Beef is definitely preferred in this recipe I go for as lean of ground beef as the store offers. Many stores carry ground beef that is 80 percent lean 20 percent fat. I always try to find a beef that is 10 percent fat, or lower.
-Ground Turkey. If you are looking for a lighter option, you could also use a ground turkey.
-Stew Beef. Many beef packages will say right on them, a stew beef. We also recommend using a boneless chuck roast.
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