Quick Minestrone

This make-ahead pasta soup can be served immediately, but chilling the soup overnight allows the flavors to blend.



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Ingredients
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    3  14  ounce can 
    beef broth
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    1  15  ounce can 
    kidney beans, rinsed and drained
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    1  15  ounce can 
    garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
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    1  14 1/2 ounce can 
    low-sodium stewed tomatoes
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    1  11 1/2 ounce can 
    vegetable juice
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    1  6  ounce can 
    low-sodium tomato paste
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    2   teaspoons 
    sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    dried Italian seasoning, crushed
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    1 1/2  cups 
    loose-pack frozen mixed vegetables (such as an Italian blend)
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    2   cups 
    fresh spinach leaves, cut into strips
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    2   cups 
    cooked pasta (1 cup uncooked), such as small shells or mostaccioli
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    Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions
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In a large kettle combine broth, beans, stewed tomatoes, vegetable juice, tomato paste, sugar, and Italian seasoning. Bring to boiling. Add mixed vegetables. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add spinach and cooked pasta; heat through. To serve, ladle into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 8 main-dish servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Prepare soup up to the point where frozen vegetables are cooked until tender. Remove from heat; cool quickly. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. To serve, reheat soup over medium heat. Stir in spinach and cooked pasta. Heat through.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 214, Fat, total (g) 2, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 41, fiber (g) 9, pro. (g) 12, sodium (mg) 975, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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