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Shortcut Minestrone

I marked this recipe off in one of my Taste of Home Magazines a while back.

4 bacon strips, diced
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
4 cups beef broth
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2/3 cup uncooked small shell pasta
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup frozen cut green beans

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings; set bacon aside. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.

Stir in the spaghetti sauce, broth and beans. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta, brown sugar, basil and oregano. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Add green beans; cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Garnish with reserved bacon and Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutrition Facts
One serving:
One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduce-sodium beef broth and without Parmesan cheese)
Calories: 188
Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 2 mg
Sodium: 560 mg
Carbohydrate: 31 g
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 10 g
Diabetic Exchange: 2 starch, 1/2 meat.

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