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Friday, February 26, 2010

Make Your Own: Slow Cooker Minestrone

Healthy, yummy and wow, barely any calories!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Minestrone

Slow Cooker Vegetable Minestrone
Recipe Tip
Colorful Tomatoes
Tomatoes contain carotenoids, plant pigments that color them red. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help protect cells from damage.
Savor a veggie-packed slow-cooked hearty Italian soup. From eatbetteramerica.
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:7 hr 35 min
makes:12 servings

4cups vegetable broth or 1 carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth
4cups tomato juice
1tablespoon dried basil leaves
1teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4teaspoon pepper
2medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
2medium celery stalks, chopped (1 cup)
1medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
2garlic cloves, finely chopped
1can (28 oz) Muir Glen® organic diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2cups uncooked rotini pasta (4 1/2 oz)

Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
1.In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except pasta and cheese.
2.Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
3.Stir in pasta. Cover; cook on High heat setting 15 to 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 90 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 850mg; Total Carbohydrate 18g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 6g); Protein 3Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 45%; Vitamin C 20%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Vegetable Carbohydrate Choices: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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