Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup

Our CrossFit box started a library of book donations from all the athletes. I grabbed the Paleo Slow Cooking book and thumbed through it. Looked decent, so I brought it home to try some recipes. I found this one for Minestrone soup, which is one of my favorites and thought I’d give it a try. I made some modifications and added meat, because I like meat. Who doesn’t? Don’t answer that. If you choose the meat option, use the Breakfast Sausage recipe, it’s great and there’s no hidden sugar!

Turns out, this soup is awesome! I made it 3 times in one week, and we ate it for almost every meal. I know, overkill, but it really is that good. And apparently (according to a friend), some types of sausage make it taste like pizza so it doesn’t get any better than that.

 

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Crockpot Minestrone Soup
 
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A simple crockpot minestrone soup with no beans or pasta. You can leave out the pork for a vegan meal.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Sweet Potato, diced
  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 2 Celery Stalks, diced
  • 2 Zucchini Squash, diced
  • 2 Shallots, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 28 oz Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes w/ Juice
  • ½ cup Frozen Spinach -or- 1 cup packed Fresh Spinach, chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1-1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the olive oil in the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Add the prepared sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, shallots, and garlic to the crock pot.
  3. Pour in the chicken (or vegetable) broth.
  4. Add the entire can (including juice) of diced tomatoes.
  5. Add the frozen spinach (no need to thaw and drain, just add it frozen).
  6. Add in the oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne, and salt.
  7. Stir everything together, add the bay leaved, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (I prefer 8 hours).
  8. About 2 hours before the soup is done, brown the ground pork sausage, breaking it up into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.
  9. Once the pork is cooked through (no pink), add it to the crock pot and mix it all together.
  10. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Notes
Recipe adapted from the "Paleo Slow Cooking" book by Chrissy Gower
 

42 Comments on “Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup

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  3. Megan

    I’ve made this 3 times now, but have used different flavors of chicken or turkey sausage. Tastes great and freezes well too. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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    1. Kendra

      Their Vegetable Broth is the only one I’ve found that does not contain sugar. The chicken broth does, which is why I stick to their veggie broth.

      Reply
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  6. Jack

    WOW! This turned out awesome! Whole family enjoyed this great meal and left just two helpings for lunch the next couple of days. 5 out of 5 stars!

    Reply
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  12. Timothy Holder

    Made this tonight, minus the parsley; substituted chili powder for cayenne & green onions for shallots. Turned out great! We used Italian sausage for the meat. O-m-g!

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  13. Allison

    I just made this tonight. I am a college student trying to eat paleo. It’s hard when you’re short on time and money! But this turned out excellent! I have lots of extra to freeze. I used 2 lbs of grass fed beef instead of pork.
    I will be making again!

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  14. Brooxi

    Absolutely incredible, are it three nights in a row and started planning to make it again. Did it stovetop because I didn’t have all day to wait, holding the zucchini out to put in the end so it didn’t overcook. Used chipotle instead of cayenne … Drool-worthy

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    1. Rachel

      Looove this! I wait till I put the sausage in (about 3 hours before done) to put the sweet potato and zucchini in. When I put them in at the beginning they get too mushy in my opinion.

      Reply
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  16. knockonwood

    What do you mean by prepared sweet potato? Do you blanch it to get the skin off and then cut it up? Or something different?

    Reply
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  23. Justine

    I just made this yesterday and it was AMAZING. I used the vegetable broth and skipped the meat. My kid wouldn’t eat the veggies, but said the soup broth was incredible!

    Reply
  24. Meaghan

    If I got this put together too late for the 8 hr cook time on low how can modify this for high heat? How many hours? (To make my question more specific :))

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    1. Kendra Benson

      You could probably get away with 3-4 hours. The veggies might have a bit more bite to it, but it should still be good. Do you have a pressure cooker? We have the Instant Pot and it only takes about an hour to make this soup in that.

      Reply
  25. Jordan Williams

    I absolutely love this recipe. I make it all the time and both with-and-without the pork it is always a huge hit. Thank you so much for posting this!

    Reply
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  27. Janna

    Delicious Kendra! Perfect for when it’s cold outside and you are wanting something to warm you up and fill you up! Thanks for sharing:)

    Reply
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