This easy, healthy and delicious summer vegetable soup proves that minestrone is not just for cold weather.
The key is to serve it like the Italians do, at room temperature, with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkling of grated Parmesan.
Which is what I did for dinner last night.
We enjoyed it with crusty Italian bread and a bit of Spanish chorizo and Manchego cheese on the side. YUM!
And I plan on having it several more times this week to compensate for all the extra indulgences I ate and drank (rocky road ice cream, french fries, margaritas, ribs, sangria, berry cobbler…) during the long holiday weekend.
If you prefer, it is delicious served hot too. But with our triple digit temperatures hot soup is the last thing I want right now.
Skinny on Slow Cooker Summer Vegetable Soup
This slow cooker vegetable soup requires a fair bit of chopping, an activity I find almost as soothing and meditative as yoga. As I focus on the task at hand, I can feel my body and mind relax. And once I am finished, and everything is in the pot, all of the hard work is behind me. Eight or so hours later and I’m rewarded with a pot of deliciousness!
Of course if chopping is not your thing, feel free to substitute your favorite combination of frozen vegetables. I’ll never tell 🙂
How Many Calories/Weight Watchers Points in this Slow Cooker Summer Vegetable Soup?
According to my calculations each serving has 191 calories and *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *2 Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!
How Can I Make This Soup Work with WW Simply Filling Technique?
Use brown rice instead of white to make this work with Simply Filling.
Summer Vegetable Soup Additions & Variations:
Simply Filling? use brown rice.
No garbanzo beans? substitute whatever beans you like best – white beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc.
No fresh vegetables? substitute your favorite combination of frozen veggies if you don’t have fresh on hand or are not in the mood for chopping.
Spicier? add crushed red pepper flakes to taste when serving
Brighter? A splash of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar should work
I can’t wait to make this soup in my beautiful new Pioneer Woman Slow Cooker I picked up at Walmart yesterday…
If you like this recipe for summer slow cooker vegetable soup, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly soup recipes including: Slow Cooker Tuscan Vegetable Soup, Stove Top Summer Vegetable Soup, Healthy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone, Weight Watchers Simple Garden Vegetable Soup and Easy 4-Ingredient Black Bean and Corn Soup
If you’ve made this summer minestrone, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
This slow cooker summer vegetable soup (minestrone) is delicious hot and even better served as the Italians do during hot weather, at room temperature with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkling of Parmesan.
- 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes
- 14 ounces canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
- 2 medium onions chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 large celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
- 6 cups water or vegetable broth
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving, if desired
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for serving, if desired
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 5- to 6-Quart.
Combine the tomatoes, garbanzo beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, garlic, bell pepper, zucchini, water, 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste, stirring well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 - 9 hours or on HIGH for 4 - 5 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
Stir in the rice. Cover and cook on HIGH, 30 minutes longer, or until the rice is tender and the soup is thick.
Stir in the basil and let the soup cool to room temperature.
Taste and add more salt and pepper to suit your tastes. Spoon into bowls. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of Parmesan if desired.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *5
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Check out this entertaining food tube video with Gennaro Contaldo as he shows how to make traditional Italian vegetable soup with 12 vegetables from his garden…
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