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Minestrone with Garlic Croutons

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Minestrone with Garlic Croutons
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6
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Bring a touch of Italy to your dinner table with homemade minestrone that's ready in less than an hour.

Ingredients

Croutons

2
cups cubed (1/2 to 3/4 inch) French bread
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon seasoned salt

Soup

1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 1/2
cups frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry (from 1-lb bag)
2
cups frozen mixed vegetables
2
cans (14.5 oz each) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
3 1/2
cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/2
cup uncooked small pasta shells (2 oz)
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix crouton ingredients until bread is well coated. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, spread croutons. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally, until golden brown and crispy.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add stir-fry vegetables. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in mixed vegetables, tomatoes and beef broth. Heat to boiling, breaking up tomatoes with spoon as mixture cooks. Stir in pasta. Cook uncovered over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and pasta are tender.
  • 3 Stir in beans. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Top each serving with warm croutons.
Tips  

The fresh croutons are wonderful, but if you don't feel like making them, use purchased garlic or Parmesan croutons instead.

For a heartier soup, you can add cooked Italian sausage or diced cooked beef with the beans.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
100
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
(
Saturated Fat
5g
27%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
1100mg
46%
Potassium
660mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
51g
17%
(
Dietary Fiber
9g
36%
,
Sugars
13g
)
Protein
12g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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