Simple Minestrone Recipe
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Simple Minestrone Recipe

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Make this classic recipe extra quickly for a cool winter night. It is chock-full of vegetables and has a wonderful smokey flavor.—Regina Cook, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bacon strip, diced
  • 1/3 cup smoked turkey kielbasa, quartered
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 267 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 1,256 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towel. In the drippings, saute sausage, onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in the carrot and celery. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer or until sausage is lightly browned; drain.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato juice, zucchini and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the beans and macaroni; heat through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Simple Minestrone in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2008, p81

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 267 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 1,256 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"LOVE IT!!!!!"

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"I altered some of the measurements since it only makes two servings and we're a family of four (tripled the broth, tomatoes, and tomato juice, increased the sausage and zucchini amounts, etc.). We now have enough for two more nights. I was very pleased at how tasty it was. Delicious and very easy. I will definitely make this again and have already shared the recipe with two relatives."

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I have made this several times, it's my favorite soup but I have modified it a little. I add other veggies and make a big batch to freeze. Very good and easy."

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