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Zesty Minestrone

Zesty Minestrone recipe
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This slow-cooking, vegetarian version of an Italian classic is a smart one-pot way to enjoy veggies and warm pasta.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
6 hr 30 min
servings
total:
8 servings, about 1 cup each
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posted:
2/28/2007
This has become a winter staple at my house. It might be even more delicious warmed over the second day. Easy to make, flavorful. Don't forget the sprinkle of parmesan--it's magic. And yes, cooking the pasta seperately and adding it to the serving portions is a better way to go.
posted:
2/27/2007
EASY.HEALTHY, WOW .........GREAT.........
posted:
2/27/2007
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.
posted:
2/27/2007
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.
posted:
2/27/2007
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!
posted:
2/27/2007
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.
posted:
2/10/2007
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!
posted:
1/28/2007
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!
posted:
1/11/2007
I made it with fat-free italian, and put in ditalini right in the beginning- this one's a keeper!!
posted:
1/6/2007
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.
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