Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Minestrone soup

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-oz) can kidney beans
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2t-1T italian seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
2 bay leaves
salt & ground pepper
1 medium zucchini
1 cup macaroni

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the pasta in a slow cooker & simmer on low for 8-10 hours or on high 3-4 hours.  Add pasta for final 30 minutes.

Frozen mamas: same as above.  Adjust seasoning to your tastes. 

Additions we like: browned italian sausage, red pepper flakes, kale, extra garlic, parmesan ... just about anything!

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