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Potato Minestrone

 Potato Minestrone
Let the aroma of this savory soup waft through your home while you get ready for the holidays. "I only have to slice some bread and prepare a salad to have dinner ready," writes Paula Zsiray of Logan Utah. "For a thicker soup, mash half of the garbanzo beans before adding them to the slow cooker."
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 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) beef broth
  • 2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed

Directions

  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. Cover and
  • cook on low for 8 hours. Stir in the spinach, peas and carrots; heat
  • thorough. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 172 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 943 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 31 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 2 starch.