Fresh, frozen and canned veggies all play a role in making this soup easy on the budget and perfect for your heart health. Each serving provides an excellent source of fiber as well as potassium, both of which support overall heart health.


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped celery, onion and bell pepper. Sprinkle with pepper and sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Transfer to a 5-quart slow cooker and add remaining ingredients except for beans and tortellini. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Increase heat to high; add beans and tortellini. Cover and cook 18 minutes or until beans and pasta are heated through. Garnish with cheese, if desired.

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