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30-Minute Minestrone

 30-Minute Minestrone
"This simple, chunky soup is low in calories," Betty Claycomb of Alverton, Pennsylvania jots. "The beef broth's seasoned nicely, while the spinach adds a refreshing difference."
5 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed or diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup torn fresh spinach
  • 2/3 cup cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. saucepan, saute carrots, cabbage, celery, onion and garlic
  • in oil for 5 minutes. Add water, tomatoes and bouillon; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until
  • vegetables are tender. Stir in spinach, macaroni and pepper; heat
  • through. Yield: 5 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (prepared with sodium-free bouillon granules) equals 88 calories, 178 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 14 gm carbohydrate, 3 gm protein, 2 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.