Delicious Olive Garden Minestrone Soup you can make in the CrockPot! Filled with veggies and a rich broth, this Olive Garden favorite is so easy to make at home.
Crock Pot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe
I love Olive Garden! Nothing is like a bowl of hot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup on a cold winter day! Whenever we go to Olive Garden, I fill up on soup and take my pasta home for leftovers. It works out perfectly!
Today, we are sharing a Crock Pot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe that is perfect for those days you crave Olive Garden but the idea of leaving your house is painful. Don't worry; we know exactly how you feel.
Sometimes, you just want to curl up on the couch with a hot bowl of soup and watch a great movie. You want to avoid doing your makeup or hair or getting dressed in outside clothes. I get it! I feel that way more often than I should admit.
Don't worry! This Crock Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe is perfect for those days!
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Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make Olive Garden Minestrone Soup in the Slow Cooker! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Low-Sodium Vegetable Stock/ vegetable broth
- Diced Tomatoes
- Yellow Onion
- Fresh Parsley
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Rosemary
- Dried Thyme
- Bay Leaves
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to Taste
- Small Shell Pasta
- Dark Red Kidney Beans
- White Navy Beans or Cannellini Beans
- Fresh Spinach
- Parmesan Cheese
Additional options not in the Olive Garden Minestrone Soup but they taste great include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, leeks
- Vegetable Chopper: This tool is a huge time saver for chopping veggies.
- CrockPot: We suggest using a CrockPot with a digital timer that automatically switches the temperature to warm after a set time. This feature helps ensure your dinner cooks perfectly without stressing about cooking time.
- Kitchen Spoon/Stirring Utensil
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead + Storage: Turning this CrockPot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup into multiple meals is easy, as leftovers refrigerate well for three to five days when stored in an airtight container.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Transfer freezer-bound leftovers to an airtight, freezer-safe container and enjoy them within three months.
How to Reheat: Reheat leftovers using your microwave, stovetop, or CrockPot, depending on how many portions you need to prepare. Thaw frozen servings overnight in the fridge so they reheat evenly.
Recipe Variations + Tips
White navy beans are interchangeable with cannellini beans; cannellini beans are slightly larger.
You can use two tablespoons of fresh parsley that you chop yourself or two teaspoons of dried parsley. Similarly, you can use pre-chopped bagged spinach leaves or chop fresh spinach.
Are you missing any of the herbs on the ingredient list? Use an equal amount of Italian seasoning.
We use shell pasta in our recipe, but any bite-sized pasta in your pantry, such as elbow macaroni or ditalini, also works.
Chicken broth can be used if you are not worried about the copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe being vegetarian or vegan.
Vegetarian + Vegan Option: This recipe is 100 percent vegetarian (and vegan if you use plant-based Parmesan cheese).
Gluten-Free: Make this CrockPot Olive Garden Minestrone gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe yields six servings. Scale it up or down based on your desired number of servings.
Make it Spicy: Spice up your minestrone with red chili pepper flakes.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 9 grams of sugar. Use a sugar-free white sugar substitute and opt for canned ingredients with no sugar added to make it sugar-free.
What to Serve with CrockPot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup
Enjoy this warming Olive Garden soup with breadsticks for a filling lunch, or pair it with our other copycat favorites from the Italian chain for a complete takeout dinner at home. Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Desserts: CopyCat Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake
When to Serve
- Date Night
- Italian Night
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Crock Pot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
- 2 cups Water
- 29 oz Diced Tomatoes
- 1 cup Celery diced
- 1 cup Carrots diced
- 1 cup yellow onion small, diced
- 2 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped or 2 teaspoon dried
- 2 teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ¾ teaspoon Dried Rosemary crushed
- ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaf
- ½ teaspoon White Sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste to taste
- 1 ⅓ cups zucchini diced
- 1 ⅓ cups shell pasta
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 15 oz red kidney beans drained and rinsed
- ½ cup green beans cut
- 15 oz white navy beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves packed chopped
- Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- Add vegetable stock, water, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and sugar to your slow cooker.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat 6 - 8 hours or high 3 - 4 hours.
- About 30 -40 minutes before serving add in zucchini, pasta, garlic, kidney beans, and white beans and cook on high until pasta is tender.
- Stir in spinach and green beans and cook several minutes until heated through.
Recipe originally posted in October 2015 updated on April 2, 2020, and October 2020.