I use this basic recipe as a base for Meal Prep Sunday: I make a large batch and eat it for lunch over the week. I add different spices to individual cups to vary the day's flavor. Ground chipotle or curry for heat, ginger or fresh herbs for aroma, etc.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Assemble cannellini beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, spinach, celery, salt, bouquet garni, and bay leaves in a slow cooker. Pour in enough water to cover. Cook on Low or High until carrots are tender and flavors meld, at least 3 hours. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature. Ladle portions into reusable containers and refrigerate.

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Cook's Notes:

Feel free to substitute bouquet garni with any dried herbs you prefer.

Other optional ingredients you can use are 1 cup dried green lentils or 2 medium potatoes, diced. Add more water if using lentils.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 24.6g; fat 0.7g; sodium 1764.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
Great overall soup base! The best part is adding different spices for every day of the week to change up the flavor profile. If you want noodles in your soup, break them up small enough that they "cook" in the time it takes to reheat the soup. I also recommend using veg or chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor. The possibilities here are endless. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2019
Great base soup! I used lentils, Italian Seasoning, and about 6 cups of water. I accidentally let it run 4 hours on high, but it was fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
Great overall soup base! The best part is adding different spices for every day of the week to change up the flavor profile. If you want noodles in your soup, break them up small enough that they "cook" in the time it takes to reheat the soup. I also recommend using veg or chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor. The possibilities here are endless. Read More
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