Italian Hillside Garden Soup

This past week has been pretty hectic coming back from a holiday. I started a new schedule where I’m now working 12:25 to 9:10 pm three days a week and I needed to find a way to feed my family, considering I only have a short time to sit down with them. I decided I have to use my crock-pot to make it work. I found this amazingly healthy recipe in an old cookbook. I was able to use veggies from my garden, that made me extra happy.

1 cup chopped bell pepper

1 cup chopped onion

1 stick celery diced

1 can (14.5 oz) diced fire roasted tomatoes

1 can (14.5) white beans drained and rinsed

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 cup cut green beans, thawed

2 cans water

2 tbsp chicken bouillon

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 package (9 oz) cheese-filled Tortellini pasta

3 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Parmesan cheese

1.) Heat oil in skillet over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper, onion and celery. Cook and stir until onions are translucent.

2.) Add to crock-pot with can of tomatoes, white beans, zucchini, green beans, water, chicken bouillon and garlic powder.

3.) Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours. 20-30 minutes before eating, turn the crock-pot to high and add the tortellini to cook.

Serve with basil and cheese sprinkled on top.

Serves six

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 7 1/2 hours on low or 4 1/2 hours on high.

Below are the pictures of my process.

Onion, bell pepper and celery.
Onion, bell pepper and celery.
Add the tomatoes to the crock-pot while cooking veggies on the stove-top.
Add the tomatoes to the crock-pot while cooking veggies on the stove-top.
I love the look of translucent onions. The smell is out of this world!
I love the look of translucent onions. The smell is out of this world!
Cut zucchini and green beans and add to pot.
Cut zucchini and green beans and add to pot.
Add the cut veggies, white beans and bouillon to the pot.
Add the cut veggies, white beans and bouillon to the pot.
Stir it all up, cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
Stir it all up, cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
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A good deal at Sams Club, 2 for $5.50.
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I love this Parmesan cheese from Trader Joe’s.
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Fresh Basil from the garden. Use as a garnish.
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A surprisingly tasty vegetarian soup that will satisfy.

 

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