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    Cheaters " Quick & Easy" Minestrone

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    1 hr 20 mins

    20 mins

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    Chicagoland Chef du Jour's Note:

    I call this cheaters minestrone because it's not quite the real thing but it is really tasty. Even the kids love it! The bean and bacon soup lend a nice subtle smoky flavor to it with just the right amount of beans. If you have a piece of Parmesan rind reserved, throw it in! Slice through the bacon before frying and you will save yourself even more time!

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    1. 1
      Slice through bacon, put in the the dutch oven and fry until crisp.
    2. 2
      Remove bacon from drippings; drain on a paper towel to remove excess grease. Reserve 1 or 2 Tablespoons bacon grease; leave grease in the pan.
    3. 3
      In reserved bacon grease, sauté onions until slightly translucent; add garlic and sauté an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
    4. 4
      Add carrots, celery, basil, broth, bean and bacon soup, water, tomatoes, cabbage, and zucchini.
    5. 5
      Simmer for at least 60 minutes. Remove Parmesan rind.
    6. 6
      In the mean time: boil water for pasta. Cook according to package directions.
    7. 7
      DO NOT ADD pasta to the soup. Rinse cooked pasta with hot water to remove the starch residue and prevent sticking. Set aside.
    8. 8
      Ladle hot soup over cooked macaroni; top with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 12, 2009


      Really tasty, quick and easy to make soup. Finally found the Campbell's bean and bacon soup! The only thing I left out was the zucchini, personal preference. Definitely on my make again soon list. Served with thick sices of French bread and garden salad.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cheaters " Quick & Easy" Minestrone

    Serving Size: 1 (437 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 380.7
    Calories from Fat 121
    Total Fat 13.4 g
    Saturated Fat 5.2 g
    Cholesterol 24.6 mg
    Sodium 1111.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 8.7 g
    Protein 17.0 g

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    low sodium beef broth

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