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The Recipe Box

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Make up a batch of this hearty soup in a flash. It's a great way to us up leftover meat and vegetables.

Number of Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

2 or 3 large garlic cloves, minced

2 14.5-ounce cans low sodium broth

1 16-ounce can stewed or diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 10-ounce package frozen vegetables

1 teaspoon dried basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning

1 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta such as rotini, macaroni, or small shells

Directions

Time needed: 10 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cook time

  1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic until onions are softened.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, vegetables, and seasonings. Stir to mix.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  4. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer about 20 minutes until the pasta is tender.

Nutritional Information

Calories 340
Total Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 115 mg
Sodium: 280 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 15 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugar: 4 g
Protein: 42 g

Allergens: Wheat

Tips and Variations

Speed up this recipe by using leftover meat and vegetables.

Substitute 1 pound ground beef or turkey to yield two cups of meat. Cook the meat before using.

This is a great recipe to involve kids involved in the kitchen. Older kids can help chop vegetables. Younger kids can help chop meat and break apart the noodles.

Source

This was adapted from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Ramen Noodle Skillet (no date; Spend Smart. Eat Smart; retrieved from https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/ramen-noodle-skillet/)

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Ramen Noodle Skillet — Use packaged ramen noodles and stir fry vegetables to create this tasty dish. It can easily be doubled for a crowd.

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