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BUSH'S® Red, White and Bean Minestrone

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"This kid-friendly vegetable recipe was tested by families on BUSH'S® Beans Moms and Kids Panel."
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6 h 38 m servings 182 cals
Original recipe yields 9 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan. Add sausage; brown well.
  2. Add tomato paste, cook 5 minutes until brown.
  3. Add onions, celery, garlic, carrots and oregano. Cook until garlic is aromatic, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Pour into a 4-quart slow cooker. Add tomatoes and chicken stock.
  5. Cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Stir in beans, zucchini, spinach and cooked pasta. Cook on high setting for 8 minutes or until beans and pasta are warmed through and spinach has wilted.
  7. To Serve: Pour the soup into a bowl. Top with a little pesto and fresh grated parmesan cheese.


  • Notes
  • Created for BUSH'S® Beans by Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., nutrition instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, mom and author of 'The Sonoma Diet.'
  • For more kid-friendly vegetable recipes, visit

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 182 calories; 4.6 g fat; 26.1 g carbohydrates; 8.9 g protein; 5 mg cholesterol; 752 mg sodium. Full nutrition


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My kids and husband loved it!! The only thing I did differently was that I put the pasta in at the beginning, raw, and let it cook until tender. One less pot!

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I made a vegetarian version of this without the turkey sausage. I substituted yellow squash for the zucchini because that's what I had and egg noodles for the bowtie pasta because I had some le...

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My kids and husband loved it!! The only thing I did differently was that I put the pasta in at the beginning, raw, and let it cook until tender. One less pot!

I made this tonight and it was delicious! I added the pasta uncooked at the beginning of the cooking time and the pasta turned mushy. It was still great. It is a very Weight Watcher friendly re...

Very, very good!!! The only change I made was to skip the turkey sausage. We had guests over and they loved it as well!

This hearty dish was a favorite at the table. So colorful, healthy and bursting with flavor. Definitely a keeper!! Freezes well, portioned in usable containers and enjoyed later.

This soup was fantastic. I followed the recipe, except that I added two sausages. I used Applegate Farms mild Italian chicken-turkey sausage. It has a delicious flavor that really made the so...

This is really good and very easy to change up and make it to your liking. I did not use the meat or pesto and it was a great veggie minestrone. I'll make it again!

This was not only pretty easy to make, but it was DELICIOUS!!! My very picky 16 month old actually ate it - and asked for more. I followed the recipe exactly, but I didn't have the pesto to t...

Very tasty! It is a healthy, hearty, and flavorful. We used provolone and red pepper turkey sausage. It filled my entire crock-pot.

Very hearty and full off flavor, dont need to change a thing.