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Spill-the-Beans Minestrone Recipe

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A meal in itself, here's a hearty soup from Reuben Tsujimura in Walla Walla, Washington that's chock-full of good-for-you veggies and vitamins. Serve with crunchy breadsticks and no one will even miss the meat!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 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) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 238 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 738mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 13g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, kale, water, pasta, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle each serving with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spill-the-Beans Minestrone in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p56


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carrizales User ID: 6628219 208615
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"This is the recipe I've been searching for. We tried it from the magazine years ago--then I lost the recipe. So glad to find it again! We are vegetarians, and this is a perfect soup for us! Our favorite minestrone!"

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trixie99 User ID: 3274324 162702
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I've made this several times and have always enjoyed. Very easy and quick. One change I made was to increase the broth to 3 cans and skip the water, and add the pasta after the water boils."

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smb1976 User ID: 2664462 147995
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"Loved this recipe. Quick and very easy to prepare. My husband likes meat in his soup so I always add turkey kielbasa."

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tkmaples User ID: 2584408 208614
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"I have made this soup several times and always get great reviews. My husband is not a soup person and he likes it along with many picky eater children."

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