SC Minestrone

2 t. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 baking potato, peeled and chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 14-oz. cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes and their juice
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 t. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup uncooked small pasta (I used shells)
1 5-oz. package fresh baby spinach, chopped
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

In a nonstick skillet heat olive oil and cook onions and garlic until they begin to soften. Add to slow cooker along with all ingredients except pasta and spinach and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Add pasta and spinach and cook on LOW for 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Add water if soup is too thick. Serve with grated cheese.

Serves: 6 (each serving is 2 cups)
5 poodles