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Zesty Minestrone

Zesty Minestrone recipe
photo by:kraft
This slow-cooking, vegetarian version of an Italian classic is a smart one-pot way to enjoy veggies and warm pasta.
15 min
6 hr 30 min
8 servings, about 1 cup each
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EASY.HEALTHY, WOW .........GREAT.........
I thought this was very tasty. I put 1 cup of pasta and I think next time I would put less. The pasta just absorbs too much of the broth.
this was better than anything that comes out of a can. i will make this one lots of times. if you have a hunk of parm cheese, break off a chunk about an inch square and toss in the pot. it makes it even more Italian. you may try using tortalini instead of macaroni too. double Yumm.
I used a variety of beans and I cooked my pasta separate and added it last, just before serving. That kept the pasta from getting too over done and mushy. Most important... add a couple shakes of chili powder and some beef broth or boullion for savory zest!
I actually made it the night before then started the slowcooker the next morning. Need to watch the clock after the shell macaroni because I cooked mine too long. We will have this again.
I chose to add two different kinds of beans (kidney and chickpeas) and I added some mild Italian sausage (probably doesn't make it minestrone anymore:)!) which I browned in the same pan as the veggies after I cooked them in the dressing. It was outstanding! Even my pickiest eater (6 yr old son) loved it, but I would add a little more broth and water if adding the sausage. Add the "No Knead Bread" from the NY Times and you've got a meal!! Plus, there were leftovers to freeze for another day!
This recipe is awesome!! So easy to make.. takes me about 20 minutes or so to prepare..and the rest is up to the crockpot! I dont know why some people commented and said it was "bland".. i think it is full of flavor from the seasonings! I just add a little bit more italian dressing. Its great.. i make it usually on the cold winter weekends! mm mm good!
I made it with fat-free italian, and put in ditalini right in the beginning- this one's a keeper!!
I love this recipe. Even my two-year old daughter loves it - and it's so so easy. Awesome with grilled cheese sandwiches or garlic bread.
I used zesty Itallian free dressing, omited the water but didn't add the pasta. I also used beef broth instead of vegetable and added 1 cup cooked ground beef. I really liked it but thought it sounded a bit bland the way it was. After tasting my version I won't make it exactly the way it is written- I think it would be bland. The only other thing I may add next time is a small clove of garlic.
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