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


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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.

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  • 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; total fat 2g; saturated fatg; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 759mg; potassium 353mg; carbohydrates 46g; fiber 7g; sugar 12g; protein 10g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 3013IU; vitamin c 120mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 109mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 141mg; iron 4mg.

Reviews (3)

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  • 3 star values: 10
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  • 1 star values: 10
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wow, this was the easiest, quickest, cheapest soup I've ever made!! I substituted the pepper with carrots (take a little longer to cook) and zuccini because that's what I had on hand. I also used more chicken broth than water. very good soup!!
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Very good and very easy. May note it makes quite a bit, but it freezes very well. Put in several single serving bowls and froze. Put one in my husband's lunch from time to time. Makes great lunchtime meal for him.
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I agree, fantastic!