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Overhead shot of minestrone soup with cheese tortellini in a bowl with a chunk of bread and fresh grated parmesan cheese.
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Slow Cooker Minestrone with Cheese Tortellini

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup with Cheese Tortellini is a healthy one-pot meal.  A mix of veggies simmered in a light broth with added kale, herbs, and tortellini.  Perfect for busy days.  

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cheese tortellini, Minestrone soup, Slow cooker soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 202 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup celery chopped (about 3 stalks)
  • 2 cups carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth can use beef or chicken
  • 1/4 cup pearled barley
  • 1 29 oz can Italian tomatoes San Marzano chopped or crushed
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can navy beans rinsed and drained
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh thyme
  • 2-3 cups kale roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cheese tortellini preferably fresh
  • fresh basil lightly chopped
  • parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil until the onions are translucent. Transfer to a slow cooker. If using an instant pot, just saute in the pot.

  2. In the slow cooker mix together the sauteed vegetables, barley, broth, tomatoes, beans, a few sprigs of parsley, and thyme. Cook for 6-8 hours on a low setting.

  3. About 20 minutes before serving add the cheese tortellini, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook until the tortellini have softened. Add chopped kale, and additional chopped parsley and thyme.

  4. Serve hot with fresh chopped basil and grated parmesan. I like to add a chunk of crusty bread for dipping.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Minestrone with Cheese Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 1392mg58%
Potassium 340mg10%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 10106IU202%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.