Minestrone In Minutes

Minestrone In Minutes

Minestrone soup with mozzarella cheese baked on top.

15 min. prep time
8 servings
444 Ratings


2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
2 (16-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed, drained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning*
1 cup uncooked dried elbow macaroni
1/2 cup croutons
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan; add water, green pepper, onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until onion is tender.

Stir in beans, beef broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Continue cooking 10-12 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil.

Reduce heat to low. Add macaroni; cook uncovered 6-8 minutes or until macaroni is tender and soup is heated through.

Heat oven to 400°F.

Ladle soup into individual ovenproof bowls. Top each with croutons and shredded cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

*Substitute 1 teaspoon each dried oregano leaves, dried marjoram leaves and dried basil leaves and 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 270

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 1180mg

Carbohydrates: 40g

Dietary Fiber: 8g

Protein: 14g

Recipe #8222©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Loved it! My husband could've eaten several bowls, but had to make himself stop. I added very lean ground beef because he is a diabetic and needs the protein. And, I added white beans along with the pintos. I will definitely be making this again.
I used olive oil instead of butter to saute the vegetables. I also used kidney beans instead of pinto beans. I omitted the croutons and mozarella cheese and did not finish the soup in the oven. Very quick and easy soup for a weeknight meal.
Quick and easy to fix,with a wonderful flavor. Even better the next day after flavors have melded.
This a good minestrone but my family enjoy's the Hearty country minestrone more.

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