Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Minestrone Casserole

With a 20-minute prep time, a hearty pasta casserole can be assembled in the morning on even the busiest days.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 40 min
  • Servings 5

Ingredients

3
medium carrots, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
cup water
2
teaspoons sugar
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1
can (6 ounces) Italian-style tomato paste
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen cut green beans (from 12 oz bag), thawed
1
cup uncooked elbow macaroni (3 1/2 ounces)
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

  • 1 Mix all ingredients except green beans, macaroni and cheese in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 3 Stir in green beans and macaroni. Increase heat setting to High. Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until beans and macaroni are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

If you prefer, substitute a can of kidney or great northern beans for the garbanzo beans. If you have cooked beans on hand already, use 1 3/4 cups instead of the can of beans.

Looking to get a healthy dose of vegetables? This vegetarian main dish has carrots, onions, tomatoes and green beans, in addition to fiber-rich garbanzos.

Adding sugar, even a small amount, can balance the acid level of the tomatoes and round out the flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
345
(
Calories from Fat
55),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
1060mg
1060%;
Total Carbohydrate
67g
67%
(Dietary Fiber
13g
13%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
32%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 1 Vegetable;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.