CrockTober Fest – Minestrone

This morning Lisa from the 6:15 brought in two beautiful bouquets of Kale. She was sharing her garden's bounty. I am a fan of Kale. After making Kale chips I used the rest to make a double batch of Minestrone Soup. What didn't fit in my crockpot is simmering on the stove- Wow does it smell good. 

Minestrone Soup in the Crockpot

Serves 10-12

  • 2 cups cannelloni beans or other favorite white beans
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomato
  • 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 ½ cups diced zucchini
  • 1 lb. kale (remove the stems and chop coarsely)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place Cannelloni beans and the chicken stock in a crockpot. Heat a large frying pan add the oil, garlic, carrots, onions, and celery. Saute until tender and add to the pot. Add the tomato, potatoes, parsley, and the basil. Cook for 4-6 hours on high. Add the zucchini, kale. Cook 30 minutes more or until the soup is nice and thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

I can't wait for tonight. 

Happy CrockTober,

Coach Nancy


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