February 5, 2012

Crock-Pot Minestrone Soup

slowcooker-minestrone

It's cold outside. No wonder, perhaps, as I live in Sweden, but we've actually had a very mild winter this year. This week however, we're going through some sort of cold snap, and it's very chilly. Perfect soup weather, though. And always, perfect crock-pot weather. I really do like this "gadget", allowin me to cook while being at work. It's very handy. And the results are very tasty.

Crock-Pot Minestrone Soup

  • 450 g minced beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 400 g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 200 g dried pasta (I use elbow macaroni)
  • salt, pepper

Brown the meat, onion and garlic, before adding to your crock-pot. Drain any extra fat.

Add carrots, tomatoes, oregano and beef stock, put your crock-pot on "low" and let it cook for 8 hours or so.

About half an hour before serving, add the macaroni. Put the crock-pot on "high" for the remaining half hour, or until the pasta is cooked through.

Season with salt and pepper, and serve with grated parmesan.