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Shortcut Minestrone Recipe

Shortcut Minestrone Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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rwippel User ID: 4262008 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 1125678 220103
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

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

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 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 User ID: 1381970 91186
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

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

Amy Heinz User ID: 5504893 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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