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Simple Minestrone

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.


2 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
Make this classic recipe extra quickly for a cool winter night. It is chock-full of vegetables and has a wonderful smokey flavor.—Regina Cook, Fort Worth, Texas


  • 1 bacon strip, diced
  • 1/3 cup smoked turkey kielbasa, quartered
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towel. In the drippings, saute sausage, onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in the carrot and celery. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer or until sausage is lightly browned; drain.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato juice, zucchini and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the beans and macaroni; heat through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 267 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1256mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein.

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