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Minestrone Macaroni

"This is by far the easiest, tastiest economical recipe I've found," reports Diane Varner, Elizabeth, Colorado, a mother of two teenage sons who works part-time. "It seems to taste even better as a leftover." Our test kitchen figures her frugal skillet dish costs just 78¢ per serving.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 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) cut green beans, rinsed and drained


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, macaroni and bouillon; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir in beans and cook until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 354 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1037mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • sstetzel
    Oct 22, 2014


  • redsoxgirl
    Feb 15, 2014

    I have been making this since I saw it in Quick Cooking in 1998. I use black beans instead of green beans. My family loves this!

  • caseymcinnis
    Aug 4, 2013

    I make this all the time. Hearty, fabulous and so easy.

  • granolamomma
    Oct 3, 2011

    Would make again with modifications. Good idea to start.Needs more water, the macaroni sucked all up. Would add onion, garlic, spices.

  • ilybean
    Apr 18, 2011

    LOVED THIS! It could have used a couple more bullion cubes but it has a my favorite things in it and was easy to make. I can't wait to make this again.

  • jabuckly
    Nov 1, 2010

    It wasn't inedible but it was terribly bland. I wouldn't rather eat minestrone soup.

  • BREN14224
    Jan 19, 2010

    love it!

  • lisa53202
    Sep 18, 2008

    I found this needed flavor. I added garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

  • joni Geurts
    May 13, 2008

    This was so easy and I didn't have kidney beans so I used great northern beans, it was excellent! My family loved it!!Thanks!