Crockpot Tortellini Minestrone Soup is packed with nutrients and tons of veggies and is a great soup to make for the week!
One of the many great things about slow cooker soups is that the slow cooker recipes make quite a few servings – so you can enjoy it throughout the week for lunch or as an appetizer to your main meal.
Is this soup Vegetarian?
Yes and No. I like to add Italian Sausage, but if you omit the sausage then…YES! Vegetarian and Vegan!
What can I add to the soup to make it not vegetarian?
You can use chicken or beef broth instead of vegetable broth if you don’t have any veggie broth on hand. You can add a variety of different proteins, ground turkey, Italian Sausage, ground beef, or lamb. You can add bacon, ham or sausage. You can even make mini meatballs to go in the soup too! Or, maybe you have leftover chicken breast. Cube the chicken up and mix it in the soup!
How long does the soup need to cook for?
Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4
Can I use a different noodle/shape of pasta!? What’s the best pasta to use for minestrone soup?
I love adding the tortellini in right before we sit down to eat. If you add the noodles in while it cooks, it tends to soak up the liquids and the noodles get mushy!
Any type of other pasta noodle works! Orecchiette, elbow or small shell pasta. I like the little tube pasta for minestrone as well!
I have potatoes to use, can I put the potatoes in this recipe?
Yes – Minestrone soup is traditionally a soup made of mixed veggies and beans so you can play around with what you feel like adding to it! Have some fun in the kitchen.
What is the difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot?
A true slow cooker consists of the same three components as a crockpot: glass lid, pot, and heating element. However, instead of the ceramic or porcelain pot of the crockpot, slow cookers generally have a metal pot. … The hot plate under the pot also will have more varied heat settings than a crockpot!
Can I make this Minestrone soup in my Instant Pot?
I have never made it in my Instant Pot but it can be done!
- Start off by chopping all of your vegetables. (Or you can always buy pre chopped too!)
- Next, press the SAUTE button on your instant pot and drizzle in some olive oil. Add the sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Then add in the veggies and seasonings until fragrant.
- Stir in vegetable broth, water, tomatoes, pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Press Cancel then put the lid on. Press the MANUAL (older models) or PRESSURE COOK (newer models) button and set for 5 minutes.
- When the instant pot beeps, do a quick release by turning the valve to venting to release the pressure.
- Once the pressure is released, press cancel and push SAUTE. Stir in the kidney beans, great northern beans zucchini and spinach and cook for 5-6 minutes, or beans are tender and cooked through. Stir in cooked off pasta of choice!
Can you freeze Crockpot Minestrone Soup?
Yes! Just be sure to leave the noodles out to the side and then when you’re ready to eat, thaw the soup and add the noodles in then.
Crockpot Tortellini Minestrone Soup
We can all agree crockpots make life easy! Try this Crockpot Minestrone Soup for an easy weeknight meal!
- 1 lb Italian Sausage, cooked
- 2 15 oz cans crushed tomatoes Or 1 large can (28 oz) is OK
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomato pesto I used store bought
- 8 small/medium red potatoes, diced
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 5 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 15 oz. can kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 15 oz. can great northern beans drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced diced
- 1 1/2 cups pasta (tortellini) or any small pasta
- 1 cup green beans, frozen
- 2.5 cups baby spinach, frozen frozen
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese for garnish
Get out the crockpot! Place the Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, pesto, potatoes, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, seasonings and bay leaves into the crockpot. Add in the vegetable stock and water.
Cover and cook these ingredients for 6-8 hours on low. Or you can cook on high for 3-4 hours.
After those 6-8, or 3-4 hours...add in the kidney beans, great northerns, and zucchini, green beans and spinach. Cook for another 20 minutes with the lid on. Before serving, stir in the cooked tortellini or pasta of choice. Garnish parmesan right before serving. And that's it! Enjoy!
This recipe makes a full crock pot of soup, probably for 15+ people!
** Optional to keep the noodles separate from the soup so they do not absorb all of the liquid. This is a good method to try with all soups that call for pasta! 🙂
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