Friday recipe: Slow-cooked minestrone

It’s slow-cooker season! I love coming home from work to a ready-to eat meal. I’ve never made minestrone before, but this recipe from looks really hearty with all the beans and veggies. Yum!

Slow-cooked minestrone
1 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 14-1/2-oz.cans  diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (undrained)
2 14-oz. cans beef broth
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup thinly sliced carrots (2 medium)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4  tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup dried bow tie pasta
1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


In a 5- to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; combine beef, undrained tomatoes, broth, cannellini beans, kidney beans, carrots, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours. Add pasta and squash to cooker (if using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting). Cover and cook 30 to 45 minutes more or until pasta is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 8 servings.

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