Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup

Paleo Minestrone Soup Recipe

If you’ve ever had a classic minestrone soup, you probably noticed the addition of noodles, orzo, or rice to the base vegetable soup. Minestrone is one of those recipes that traditionally doesn’t have an exact set of ingredients, as it’s usually made with whatever vegetables and ingredients are readily on hand. But the base is always a broth, vegetables, beans, and some sort of starch.

Slowcooker Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}

Whole30 Minestrone Soup

Given that paleo food is made without legumes and grains, this cuts out about half of minestrone ingredients. Fortunately, the flavor of this minestrone soup (which can be prepared in either a slowcooker or a pressure cooker) makes up for the fact that there are no beans or noodles. This is a hearty, flavorful, paleo vegetable minestrone soup (though we like to add meat)… and the leftovers can feed your family for days.

Slowcooker Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}

A Paleo Vegetable Soup Recipe

We have enjoyed this soup both with and without the addition of the pork sausage, so it is both Whole30 and vegan friendly. This minestrone soup tastes even better than the endless soup from a certain chain restaurant, and you can make your own endless salad to go along with it.

Traditional Cooking Methods

With classic minestrone, there’s no fixed (or official) recipe. This means that Minestrone will vary widely across the world depending on traditional cooking methods, ingredients, and season (what veggies are in season). Minestrone sometimes ranges from a thick and dense consistency with boiled-down vegetables, to a more broth heavy soup with large quantities of diced and lightly cooked vegetables. Our version is meant to be a delicious mix of broth and diced veggies with meat.

A Substantial Soup

In modern Italian there are three words corresponding to the English word ‘soup’: zuppa, which is used in the sense of tomato soup, or fish soup; minestra, which is used in the sense of a more substantial soup such as a vegetable soup, and also for ‘dry’ soups, namely pasta dishes; and minestrone, which means a very substantial or large soup or stew, though the meaning has now come to be associated with this particular dish.

Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}

Recipe: Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup

By Kendra Benson  , , ,   ,

December 12, 2016

All the taste of your favorite Italian restaurant soup, none of the grains and added sugars. Just add a salad and you've got a perfect dinner for the whole family.

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  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yields: Serves: 6-8


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

1/2 cup Frozen Spinach (no need to thaw) -or- 1 cup packed Fresh Spinach, chopped

2 Bay Leaves

2 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Basil

1 tsp Parsley

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1-1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage, cooked and crumbled (leave out for vegan option)


1Place the olive oil in the bottom of a crock pot or pressure cooker (we love the Instant Pot).

2Add the prepared sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, shallots, and garlic to the crock pot.

3Pour in the chicken/vegetable broth.

4Add the entire can of diced tomatoes, the spinach, oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne, salt, and crumbled pork.

5Stir everything together, add the bay leaves, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (I prefer 8 hours) or use the Soups/Stew setting on the Instant Pot.

6Remove bay leaves before serving.

7Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week or freeze in individual portions for up to 6 months.


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This paleo minestrone soup has all the flavor of your favorite Italian restaurant version but without all the added sugars and grains. It's Whole30-friendly, dairy-free, and even has a vegan option. #paleo #whole30
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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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      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.

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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!

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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!

  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!

  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

    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.

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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?

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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!

  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 :))

    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.

  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!

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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:)

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