Shortcut Minestrone Recipe


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time50 Min
Ready In1 Hr 5 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings6
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Ground beef1 Pound
 Onion1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
 Green bell pepper1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
 Canned tomatoes16 Ounce (1 Can)
 Italian cooking sauce16 Ounce (1 Jar, 2 Cups)
 Chianti1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Chili beans with gravy15 1⁄2 Ounce (1 Can)
 Spaghetti1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), broken in 1 inch pieces
 Pepperoni2 Ounce, thinly sliced
 Dried basil1 Teaspoon (Cooked Or Canned)
 Croutons1 Cup (16 tbs) (To Garnish)
 Grated parmesan cheese1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 585 Calories from Fat 288

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 32 g49.3%

Saturated Fat 11.1 g55.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 64.3 mg

Sodium 950.1 mg39.6%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.3%

Dietary Fiber 7.7 g30.8%

Sugars 11.8 g

Protein 25 g50.4%

Vitamin A 20.6% Vitamin C 31.1%

Calcium 12.8% Iron 27.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1 In a deep 3-quart casserole with lid, combine ground beef, onion and green pepper.
2 Microwave at 100% (HIGH) for 5 to 6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; stir after 2 minutes.
3 Drain off the fat.
4 Chop tomatoes, reserving juice.
5 Stir in cooking sauce, chopped tomatoes with juice, wine, beans with gravy, spaghetti, pepperoni and basil. Cover.
6 Microwave at 100% (HIGH) for 10 minutes or until boiling. Stir well. Cover.
7 Microwave at 30% (MEDIUM LOW) for 35 minutes or until spaghetti is tender; stir twice.

8 Top each serving with croutons and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.