A bright, lively minestrone can be made with a slow cooker

  • Dust off your slow cooker to try a recipe for garden minestrone that appears in the cookbook "Complete Slow Cooker."

    Dust off your slow cooker to try a recipe for garden minestrone that appears in the cookbook "Complete Slow Cooker." Carl Tremblay for America's Test Kitchen and AP

 
By America’s Test Kitchen
Posted10/2/2018 6:00 AM

Creating anything garden-fresh in a slow cooker is a tall order, but we were willing to try to beat the odds and develop a recipe for a bright, lively tasting minestrone that married a flavorful tomato broth with fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta.

The base of our soup would be our broth, and after microwaving the aromatics we added broth and canned tomato sauce along with carrots and dried beans -- both of which could sustain a long stay in a slow cooker.

 

Sliced zucchini and chopped chard were simply added during the last 20 minutes of cooking, and the precooked pasta was stirred in at the end. Serve with crusty bread to dip into the broth.

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