Minestrone with Garlic Croutons

Minestrone with Garlic Croutons

Bring a touch of Italy to your dinner table with homemade minestrone that's ready in less than an hour.

Prep Time

45

Minutes

Total Time

45

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

Croutons
2
cups cubed (1/2 to 3/4 inch) French bread
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon seasoned salt
Soup
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 1/2
cups frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry (from 1-lb bag)
2
cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables
2
cans (14.5 oz each) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
3 1/2
cups Progresso® beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/2
cup uncooked small pasta shells (2 oz)
1
can (15 oz) Progresso® dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix crouton ingredients until bread is well coated. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, spread croutons. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally, until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add stir-fry vegetables. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in mixed vegetables, tomatoes and beef broth. Heat to boiling, breaking up tomatoes with spoon as mixture cooks. Stir in pasta. Cook uncovered over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and pasta are tender.
  3. Stir in beans. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Top each serving with warm croutons.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Time-Saver
The fresh croutons are wonderful, but if you don't feel like making them, use purchased garlic or Parmesan croutons instead.
Variation
For a heartier soup, you can add cooked Italian sausage or diced cooked beef with the beans.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 350
    • (Calories from Fat 100),
  • Total Fat 11g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 20mg;
  • Sodium 1100mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 51g
    • (Dietary Fiber 9g,
    • Sugars 13g),
  • Protein 12g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 2 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.