Total Time
30mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A warm medley of veggies and Italian herbs makes a mouthwatering -- and budget-friendl -- duo in this hearty minestrone. Budget dinner price: $1.75.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven combine the tomatoes, water, beans, broth, sweet pepper, seasoning, and pasta. Bring to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until pasta is barely tender.
  2. Stir in spinach. Ladle into soup bowl. Top with Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil.
  3. CHANGE UP:.
  4. For a heartier version of this soup, substitute browned Italian sausage or cut-up chicken for the garbanzo beans. Vary the greens by swapping chopped fresh chard or kale for the spinach.