Zesty Minestrone

4.3
(202) 176 Reviews
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
6
hr.
30
min.
Servings

8 servings, about 1 cup each

This slow-cooking, vegetarian version of an Italian classic is a smart one-pot way to enjoy veggies and warm pasta.

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  • Heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and carrots; cook 2 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Pour into slow cooker. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, water and seasoning; stir. Cover with lid.
  • Cook on LOW 6 hours (or on HIGH 3 hours).
  • Stir in macaroni; cook 10 to 15 min. or until macaroni is tender. Top with cheese just before serving.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with crusty bread and a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Dressing.

Substitute

Prepare using fat-free reduced-sodium beef or chicken broth.

Substitute

Prepare using canned white beans or chickpeas (garbanzo beans).

Servings

  • 8 servings, about 1 cup each

Healthy Living

  • Good source of fiber
  • Good source of vitamin A or C
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 2 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 1-1/2 Starch
  • 1 Vegetable
  • 1 Meat (L)

Nutrition Bonus

Good news! The carrots and tomatoes team up to make this tasty soup an excellent source of vitamin A. And as a bonus, the vegetables and beans are also a good source of fiber.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, about 1 cup each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 200
% Daily Value
Total fat 4.5g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 770mg
Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary fiber 5g
Sugars 6g
Protein 10g
   
Vitamin A 35 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • jadonham | Thu, Feb 4 2010 6:33 PM

    Btw, when I gave this recipe an excellent rating, I failed to say that usually, in place of the pasta shells, I break up Ramen noodles (1 pack) & add it along with the flavoring that comes with them. Thanks, Kraft! We really like this recipe!

  • deedeewhy | Wed, Jan 22 2014 12:22 PM

    I made this recipe, but as is my normal way of cooking I used it as a base for what I had on hand in the fridge...white beans previously cooked and frozen, fresh carrots and celery,frozen broccholi, peas & carrots, cooked chicken, frozen broccholi, and a handful of cole slaw mix. I seasoned it with creol seasoning to taste.

  • susan@crazylittlelife.com | Fri, Oct 11 2013 11:40 AM

    It was ok. I wouldn't say that it is "zesty" at all. Needs more flavor in my opinion. Maybe would make as base again and add some things to it.

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