Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Zesty Minestrone

I came across this recipe on Kraft Food's website. I'd been looking for a great minestrone recipe that seemed simple enough and yummy enough to add a warm touch to a bitterly cold winter's day.

I found just that in this recipe.

I'm hoping to make it again for an upcoming "luncheon" with friends!

Zesty Minestrone

1/4 cup Italian Dressing
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, peeled, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (19 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed
2 cans (14 oz. each) vegetable broth or reduced sodium chicken broth (for added flavor)
2 cups water
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1-1/2 cups small shell macaroni, uncooked
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and carrots; cook 2 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Spoon into slow cooker. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, water and seasoning; stir. Cover with lid.

Cook on LOW 6 hours (or on HIGH 3 hours).

Stir in macaroni; cook 10 to 15 min. or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

*photo courtesy of kraft foods