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Minestrone with Turkey

 Minestrone with Turkey
I remember my mom making this soup; now I make it as often as I can. It's a good way to use up leftover vegetables. Sometimes I add a can of rinsed and drained kidney or garbanzo beans. —Angela Goodman, Kaneohe, Hawaii
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth or homemade turkey stock
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2/3 cup each frozen peas, corn and cut green beans, thawed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot
  • and celery; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute
  • longer. Add broth, vegetables, macaroni and seasonings. Bring to a
  • boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until macaroni is al

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Minestrone with Turkey (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • dente. Stir in turkey and zucchini; cook until zucchini is
  • crisp-tender. Discard bay leaf. If desired, sprinkle servings with
  • cheese. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 172 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 1,251 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 12 g protein.