Makes: 6 main-dish servings (10 cups)
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: Low 7 hours, High 3-1/2 hours
1 pound lean ground beef, ground pork, or sweet Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2 19-ounce cans chunky minestrone
1 15-1/2-ounce can navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
1. In a large skillet cook ground meat and onion until meat is brown; drain off fat.
2. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine cooked meat mixture, the minestrone, navy beans, and water.
3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese