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Forgotten Minestrone

 Forgotten Minestrone
Free-lance writer Marsha Ransom of South Haven, Michigan can be composing an article while her full-flavored soup is simmering. "I sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread," she reports.
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried parsley
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and
  • cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Add the zucchini, cabbage, beans and macaroni; cover and cook on high
  • for 30-45 minutes or until macaroni and vegetables are tender.
  • Sprinkle servings with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2
  • quarts).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (calculated without salt and cheese) equals 203 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 335 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.