Hearty Minestrone

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This Italian classic was decribed as "fabulous" by my mother, and "yummy" by my boyfriend, who doesn't even like Minestrone!  That's how you know it's good.  This recipe is much easier than it looks.
Ingredients
2 14-oz cans beef broth
1 15-oz can kidney beans (drained)
1 10-oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
1 small onion (chopped)
3/4 cup ditalinis
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 zucchini (sliced and cut in 4ths)
1 14-oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes (drained into soup, then chopped)
 
Directions
1. Combine broth, beans, veggies, onion, pasta, basil, and pepper in a 3 Qt saucepan and mix well.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat.

3. Cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in zucchini and tomatoes as specified in the ingredients
5. Cook covered until heated through (7-10 minutes).
 
Notes:
Serves 6.

Bean Tip:  Run the beans in cold water and let them soak for 5 minutes with a Tbsp of fresh lemon juice for a fresher taste.

Substitution:  To make it a meal, use chicken broth and add 1 lb chopped cooked chicken with the zucchini and tomatoes.

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Categories:
Meal   DinnerCuisine   Italian
Dish   SoupCooking Method   Simmer
Main Ingredient   VegetablesPrep Time   less than 15 minutes
Cooking Time   15 to 30 minutes 
Features   Dairy-Free




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