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Simple Minestrone

 Simple Minestrone
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
2 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato juice, zucchini and seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or

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Simple Minestrone (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until vegetables are tender. Stir in the beans and macaroni; heat
  • through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon. Yield: 2 servings.
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.