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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Crock-Pot Almost Minestrone

My diet continues, so you'll be seeing healthier recipes while I try to stay away from the desserts. This is one of those "dump" recipes that changes a little each time I make it. Use this recipe as a base and use what veggies you have on hand, add kidney beans or spinach, substitute ground turkey for the ground beef or leave the meat out altogether...whatever you like!

Crock-Pot Almost Minestrone

1/2 pound lean ground beef
3 carrots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (32 ounce) can beef broth
3/4 cup elbow macaroni

In a large saucepan, cook ground beef until well done. Drain the ground beef and put into crock-pot. Add carrots, zucchini, garlic, onion and celery. Season with basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes with juice and beef broth. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add the macaroni and turn crock-pot to high 30 minutes before serving, stirring occasionally.

6 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for the crock pot recipe. I am always looking for new ones to use. My family loves soup. This one looks very yummy.

jovaliquilts said...

Thanks -- I love soup, I love not heating the house up in summer, and I love having dinner made well in advance. Will give this a try!

Deb said...

Sounds like a great recipe Susan. Will try it out soon. I love crockpot recipes, I have just made a huge patch of pumpkin soup.

Jean said...

This sounds so good, I will have to try it.

Barb said...

Nothing better then walking thru the door after a hard day in the office and finding supper ready to eat in the crock pot...thank you for sharing! I am guessing it would be a good way to use up those *odd veggies* that are left over in the freezer, but not enough on their own for a meal! Great to have the recipe that you are sharing!

Melanie said...

Thanks for the recipe Susan. How are you getting on with the 8FQ quilt top?

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