Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Seriously people, where is spring? I’ve been happy to see the sun shining a little bit later than normal, but now my body is expecting warmer temperatures, and they’re not happening yet. If you’re in a warm climate, just know that I’m jealous of you.

Until spring finally shows it’s beautiful face, I’m going to keep making dinner in my slow cooker. Nothing warms me up quite like a bowl of soup! I highly recommend you consume this soup with some friends or family memebers, because it’s a pretty big batch, and food is best enjoyed with loved ones. That’s just a fact.

Many of you asked for the recipe after I teased you with the photo on this post, so I thought I’d be nice and share it without making you wait too long. This recipe began with me literally just throwing things into a crockpot, and then I stirred in a little love and care, and this is what came out. You could probably make it on the stove, if you don’t have a slow cooker or don’t want to wait all day. Either way, I don’t think you can mess this up.

vegetable minestrone soup

Vegetable Minestrone Soup


Makes about 8 servings

  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or beef or chicken broth)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups frozen vegetables (I used peas, corn, carrots, and green beans)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup dried barley
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Paremsan cheese or Nutritional yeast (for garnish)

I added everything except for the macaroni noodles and parmesan cheese into my slow cooker and left it on high for about 5 hours. Tip: If you don’t have plain tomato sauce, you can use a jar of pasta sauce, and then skip the added spices.  Depending on how long you let it sit in your slow cooker, you may need to add an extra cup or two of water, just ot be safe. Mine became so thick, it was more like a stew. If you want it to be a little less like a stew and more like a soup, just add in more broth or water.  Just before I was ready to serve it, I boiled the macaroni noodles in a separate pot, drained them, and then stirred them right into the slow cooker. I served it shortly after. Alex and I topped most of our bowls with nutritional yeast, but I used parmesan cheese for the photo, because it’s a little more photogenic. Both are tasty.  I made this on Sunday and just polished off the leftovers for lunch yesterday!

Who’s ready for spring?


  1. Thick soups are even better than watery soups, so nothing wrong there 🙂 This looks so yummy!

  2. We’re getting a preview of spring this weekend. I’m breaking out my trench. Because wearing my solid winter coat to easter just seems so wrong…

  3. This reminds me that I need to look into buying a slow cooker or crockpot! And I hope things warm up in RVA for you!

  4. Hope you guys get some sunshine SOON…otherwise I shall send some your way- it is getting hawter by the day here :)!

  5. Like I said on your little teaser post, anything that allow me to feel like I’m eating a giant bowl of pasta sauce–which I have ordered in a restaurant before :)–is fine by me. And since spring is still hiding (although my spring break starts in less than 6 hours…) I might finally use my slow cooker for something like this. 🙂

  6. I am ready for spring and that soup looks delicious! Minestrone is one of my favs.

  7. I love making soup! I just made a huge batch of bean soup with a leftover ham bone. I’m usually anti-ham but it’s sooo good in this soup. Plus leftovers last for a while which is GREAT.

  8. Definitely ready for spring. We still have snow around here, which makes it feel a lot more like Christmas than Easter. Thankfully things seem to be warming up though!

  9. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Cold weather + slow cookers is perfection! Although, I’d rather just have hot weather and a salad 😉 Until then–soup it is! And yours looks delish!

  11. Hey Liz! How long do you think this would last in the fridge for? Thinking about making it on Sunday for the week.

    • I made mine on Sunday and finished the leftovers on Thursday! I’m sure it would have kept a few more days, though!

  12. I’m SO ready for spring. Today it finally feels like spring is on it’s way! Yipee!

  13. That soup does look amazing but I am soooo ready for spring!! I need a big bowl of pasta salad! I could really eat soup any time though, ha

  14. Yay! I am glad that you decided to post this recipe. It looks tasty and I love an easy soup recipe :).

  15. This soup looks really tasty. I was almost going to use a really bad pun and say it looks ‘souper tasty’ but I thought that was a bit too far 🙂

    On another note I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award 🙂

  16. Looks like a nice easy soup to have on hand! I love veggie soups for snacks, they keep me full!

  17. I am not in a warm climate, but my state has been in the 60’s the past few days!! It’s been WONDERFUL!! I do think this soup looks delicious enough to hang on to colder temps though!

  18. Sending you lots of sunshine from Dallas. That sound looks very comforting just what you need in cold weather

  19. Looks fabulous! I like to start with a jarred sauce and then go semi-homemade on it by adding more spices.

  20. I am so ready for Spring, but still craving my soups. This looks really good and really easy. I think I’ll be giving it a try this week. Throw it in the crockpot before I got to work…this is perfect. Thank you!.

  21. Oh yum! This soup looks so hearty and wonderful!
    I will be welcoming in spring with open arms!

  22. I’m ready for Spring for sure but I love the comfort of warm soups…personally (in upstate NY) I can eat soup until May when it gets to be above 50. I have been looking for more recipes for my slow cooker so thank you!

  23. That looks delicious! So ready for Spring!!!

  24. thanks for sharing the recipe, I was wondering about the ingredients:-)
    I`m definitely ready for spring! I´m so sick and tired of cold weather..

  25. So ready for spring! I want to wear all my fun sweaters. And this soup looks delish!!

  26. Thanks for a slow cooker recipe! I just got my first slow cooker and I’ve been on the look out 😉

  27. This sounds so good, Liz! In deference to Weight Watchers, I think I would have to chose between the barley and the pasta. Might chose the barley because I don’t use it often enough and I love. Either way, it sounds Yummy!

  28. I’m always looking for new soup recipes. This one seems fairly easy and I love that it’s vegan/vegetarian!! YUM

  29. I’m sitting in my house freezing right now and this would so hit the spot! I do have beef stroganoff in the crock pot, so that will have to do. Pinning for later!


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