Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone Soup - 5 SmartPoints
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 231
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1-1/2 cups
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
6 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/2 cups)
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 6g24%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian minestrone without meat, meatless minestrone