Minestrone Macaroni Recipe
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Minestrone Macaroni Recipe

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"This is by far the easiest, tastiest economical recipe I've found," reports Diane Varner, Elizabeth, Colorado, a mother of two teenage sons who works part-time. "It seems to taste even better as a leftover." Our test kitchen figures her frugal skillet dish costs just 78¢ per serving.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 354 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1037mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, macaroni and bouillon; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir in beans and cook until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Minestrone Macaroni in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p17

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I have been making this since I saw it in Quick Cooking in 1998. I use black beans instead of green beans. My family loves this!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"I make this all the time. Hearty, fabulous and so easy."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Would make again with modifications. Good idea to start.

Needs more water, the macaroni sucked all up. Would add onion, garlic, spices."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"LOVED THIS! It could have used a couple more bullion cubes but it has a my favorite things in it and was easy to make. I can't wait to make this again."

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