Slow Cooker Gluten Free Minestrone

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Because of the lack of noodles, I hesitated to call this savory soup a minestrone. After a thorough internet search on whether or not minestrone is, in fact, minestrone, without the noodles, and not finding a conclusive answer, I turned to a real live Italian friend; she assured me that as long as the beans were present, and the other main ingredients were traditional, yes, I could call it minestrone. Phew! If you’re a minestrone purist, though, feel free to add 8-12 ounces of your favorite gluten free noodles, cooked, at step 4. Neither my husband nor my toddler missed them, though!

Let’s face it: January is kind of sad, and February has Valentine’s Day, but really, we’re all just waiting for spring at this point. At least, we here in Colorado are! This soup is super easy. Made with turkey, and chock full of vegetables, it’s big on flavor. When it comes to the veggies, feel free to add more of what you like and less of what you don’t, too. To make this minestrone vegetarian, simply leave out the turkey, and add an extra can of white beans. Make it even heartier meat-eater fare by substituting lean ground beef for the turkey. This soup is impossible to mess up, and easy to change up — a great, nutritious starter recipe I’m really proud of. Enjoy!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Gather

4 cups vegetable stock (low-sodium, if using store bought)
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon oregano
2 large carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 15-oz cans organic Great Northern beans, in juices
1 6-oz can organic tomato paste

Step by Step

  1. Cook your ground turkey, breaking up the meat as it browns, to desired fineness. Remove from heat, and drain of any excess grease.
  2. Add your cooked turkey, and the remaining ingredients, into the slow cooker. Stir until well combined.
  3. Cook on HIGH 4 hours. (You can get away with 3, but the extra hour makes a flavorful difference.)
  4. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition

WWPP 4; Calories 205; Total Fat 5.1g; Saturated Fat 1.3g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 381mg; Total Carbohydrates 27.3g; Dietary Fiber 7.8g; Sugars 5.1g; Protein 15.0g

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