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Minestrone

For a quick lunch or easy dinner recipe, make this hearty minestrone. It brims with al dente pasta and colorful fresh vegetables.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Start to Finish: 20 mins

Minestrone

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven combine the tomatoes, water, beans, broth, sweet pepper, seasoning, and pasta. Bring to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until pasta is barely tender.
  2. Stir in spinach. Ladle into soup bowls. Top with Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil.

From the Test Kitchen

Pantry:

Italian seasoning, vegetable or chicken stock

Shopping List:

diced tomatoes with Italian herbs: $1.89

yellow sweet pepper $2.00

dry rigatoni: $0.30

garbanzo beans: $1.19

baby spinach: $0.75

total: $6.13

cost per serving: $1.53

Change Up:

For a heartier version of this soup, substitute browned Italian sausage or cut-up chicken for the garbanzo beans. Vary the greens by swapping chopped fresh chard or kale for the spinach.

Nutrition Facts (Minestrone)

    Per serving:
  • 234 kcal cal.,
  • 2 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 759 mg sodium,
  • 46 g carb.,
  • 7 g fiber,
  • 12 g sugar,
  • 10 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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