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Shortcut Minestrone

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"'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."
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Ingredients

35 m servings
Original recipe yields 10 servings

Directions

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  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. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in 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 Parmesan cheese if desired and bacon.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduce-sodium beef broth and without Parmesan cheese) equals 188 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 meat.

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This is one of the best soup/stews I have ever had! Only thing that I suggest is to add extra broth or water. I have made this twice and love it anyways, I just have noticed that extra liquid is...

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meh. i thought this recipe was just ok...not quite what i was looking for. To me, it tasted too much like spaghetti sauce. I probably won't make this one again.

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This is one of the best soup/stews I have ever had! Only thing that I suggest is to add extra broth or water. I have made this twice and love it anyways, I just have noticed that extra liquid is...

meh. i thought this recipe was just ok...not quite what i was looking for. To me, it tasted too much like spaghetti sauce. I probably won't make this one again.

Absolutely delicious! The best homemade Minestrone Soup I've tasted! And, it's simple enough for even a kitchen-challenged single man like me to make it happen! The spaghetti sauce makes this s...

I will definitely be making this again! I did change a few things: Italian sausage instead of bacon (1 pound), 2x the carrots, 2x the green beans, and one extra cup of beef broth. My family l...

I doubled this recipe last night. We ate half for dinner and I froze the other portion for a later meal. This was amazing. I let mine simmer for a couple hours, then added the noodles and green ...

This was super yummy! I did make a few changes, mostly based on what I had in stock. I didn't use onions (didn't have any), used chicken broth instead of beef, used black beans instead of kidney...

I really enjoyed it! I skipped the brown sugar, added some salt and pepper, and put in zucchini with the bean/spaghetti sauce step instead of adding frozen green beans at the end. Oh, and I ma...

Fabulous! My 5-year old gave me a thumbs up with a "Wowie, wowie, wow!" You can't get any better than that.

I loved this soup. Very hearty, full of veggies, quick and easy, and delicious! I used turkey bacon to make it even healthier. I'm planning to make this again this week!