Shortcut Minestrone Recipe
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Shortcut Minestrone Recipe

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"This soup is hearty and makes a comforting lunch or dinner on a brisk day," relates Barbara Jellison from Bellevue, Washington. "The spaghetti sauce provides rich flavor without a long simmering time. I further cut the prep time by using my food processor to chop the vegetables.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup uncooked small shell pasta
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 188 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 10g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 0 meat.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings; set bacon aside. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, broth and beans. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta, brown sugar, basil and oregano. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Add green beans; cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Garnish with reserved bacon and Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Shortcut Minestrone in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p39

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rwippel 229291
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"This minestrone was really good. I didn't have time to go to the grocery store, and I barely had time to throw dinner together. This recipe was perfect. I had everything on hand and it turned out mighty fine!"

MY REVIEW 220103
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"I have made this recipe several times. It is wonderful just as written."

mother of 3 131974
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013 Edited Nov. 20, 2014

"DH doesn't like minestrone, but I think it's good enough to bring to fellowship. I used Barilla veggie macaroni.. Omitted the bacon, used grape seed oil instead."

puppylove_214 91186
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Hearty and full of flavor! It is even better that Olive Garden's!!!"

Amy Heinz 130912
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"My family loved this soup. I didn't have small shells noodles and used broken up pieces of spaghetti noodles instead."

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