Rating: 4 stars
89 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 10

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

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Stir in spinach. Ladle into soup bowls. Top with Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil.


Italian seasoning, vegetable or chicken stock

Shopping List:

diced tomatoes with Italian herbs: $1.89yellow sweet pepper $2.00dry rigatoni: $0.30garbanzo beans: $1.19baby spinach: $0.75total: $6.13cost 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

234 calories; fat 2g; carbohydrates 46g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 7g; sugars 12g; protein 10g; vitamin a 3012.6IU; vitamin c 119.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.8mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 108.9mcg; sodium 759mg; potassium 353mg; calcium 141.4mg; iron 4.3mg.