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Forgotten Minestrone



  • 1 pound lean beef stew meat
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes with liquid, cut up
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried parsley
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup uncooked small elbow or shell macaroni
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a slow cooker, combine beef, water, tomatoes, bouillon, onion, parsley, salt (if desired), thyme and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Add zucchini, cabbage, beans and macaroni.
  4. Cook on HIGH, covered, 30 to 45 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving (without added salt and Parmesan cheese) equals 2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch, 1 meat

246 calories, 453mg sodium, 33mg cholesterol, 30gm carbohydrate, 19gm protein, 6gm fat

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