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Easy Minestrone Recipe

Easy Minestrone Recipe

“This is a wonderful recipe to put together in the morning and forget about the rest of the day,” assures Yvonne Andrus of American Fork, Utah. “I have three small boys who are not big fans of vegetables, but they especially enjoy this hearty soup.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Just before serving, stir in macaroni; heat through. Serve with cheese. Yield: 10 servings (about 3-1/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 149 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 798 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.