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Bonnie’s Minestrone
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This old-fashioned Minestrone is an easy, wholesome choice for a busy day. Vibrant vegetables, rotisserie chicken, and elbow pasta make it a simple but hearty meal in itself.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 221 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup baby carrots chopped
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 14 ounces canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ounces canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 28 ounces canned Italian style crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt (or other all-purpose seasoning)
  • 1 cup cooked elbow macaroni 1/2 cup uncooked prepared according to package directions
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken diced (or leftover chicken, turkey or 1/2 lb. ground turkey, cooked and drained)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven and cook onion, carrot, celery and zucchini for 5 to 10 minutes, just till a bit softened. Add garlic and cook a couple minutes more.
  2. Add 4 cups chicken broth, reserving remaining broth for later. Add beans, crushed tomatoes, and dry seasonings. Bring to  a boil.

  3. Add macaroni and reduce heat to low and add the chicken. Add as much of remaining chicken broth as needed for desired consistency. Add parsley. Simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from heat. 

Recipe Notes

Store leftovers in refrigerator. Soup will thicken when refrigerated so add additional chicken broth when reheating to thin. Freezes well.

Nutrition Facts
Bonnie’s Minestrone
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 683mg30%
Potassium 811mg23%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2282IU46%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.