Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
I first made this yummy healthy slow cooker vegetarian minestrone last April, just as the temperatures were heating up here in Phoenix.
It was delicious, so I’m making it again now while the weather is cold and rainy.
Brimming with all kinds of good-for-you ingredients, healthy soups like this are just what my body wants as I continue to get back into balance following the holidays.
I love soup and am willing to eat it all year, but am not sure everyone else feels the same way when the temperatures begin to rise here in the desert.
Skinny on Healthy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone
This colorful slow cooker vegetarian minestrone soup with its rainbow of vegetables is healthy, delicious and vegetarian-friendly.
You can use any multi-colored pasta in place of the rotini.
The directions say to pre-cook the chard stems and onion in a skillet before tossing them into the slow cooker.
Instead, I gave the onions a quick cook in the microwave to soften them a little, but skipped precooking the chard stems which worked fine.
The addition of pesto at the end really bumps up the flavor. So, if possible, don’t skip it. (I love the imported refrigerated pesto from Costco.)
According to my calculations, each generous serving of this vegetarian minestrone has 231 calories, *6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *5 WW SmartPoints.
This recipe will work with Weight Watchers Simply Filling too if you count the olive oil as part of your daily good health guidelines requirement, use whole wheat pasta and count the points plus (1PP) in the pesto.
Watch how the Domestic Geek makes her own version of healthy crock pot vegetarian minestrone soup – which is perfect for Meatless Monday:
Colorful, flavorful and bursting with good-for-you ingredients, this slow cooker vegetarian minestrone soup is a winner. The addition of a little pesto at the end is brilliant.
- 4 stalks Swiss chard (about 1/2 pound) (I used rainbow chard)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium sweet red or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves. minced
- 1 medium yellow summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta (whole wheat for Simply Filling)
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto (omit for Simply Filling)
Ideal slow cooker size: 6-Quart.
Cut stems away from the chard leaves and chop stems and leaves separately. Reserve leaves for adding later.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and chard stems. Cook, stirring often for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a the slow cooker.
Stir the broth, tomatoes, beans, pepper, carrot and garlic into the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the pasta, zucchini and reserved chard leaves.
Cook, covered, on LOW 20-25 minutes longer, or until pasta is tender.
Serve topped with pesto.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *6
Weight Watchers SmartPoints *5
Source: Taste of Home
*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.
Originally posted 4/15; Updated with SmartPoints 1/16
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