Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

It has felt like Spring here in Utah until this past weekend when we got so much snow!  So a nice hearty soup was called for to combat the chill and this one fit the bill.

1 pound hamburger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup diced onion

1 cup peeled and sliced carrots

1 cup chopped zucchini

2 ribs celery, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic

4 cups beef broth

1 (28 oz) can crushed Italian style tomatoes

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup elbow macaroni or your choice small pasta

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1  Cook hamburger over medium heat, seasoning with salt and pepper, until no longer pink.  Drain off fat and pour into slow cooker.

2  Add all other ingredients except pasta and Parmesan and stir to combine.  Cook on high 3 – 4 hours or on low 6 – 7 hours.

3  After initial cooking time, add pasta and Parmesan, stir to combine, cover, raise temperature to high and cook an additional 15 – 20 minutes or until pasta is done.

recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen

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