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  • Mixed Bean & Sausage Minestrone by jriessel

    Posted by jriessel - October 12, 2004 02:32 PM

    From the Betty Crocker slow cooker meals magazine

    Mixed Bean and Sausage Minestrone

    1 pkg (20 oz) 15-Dried Bean soup mix, sorted and rinsed
    8 cups water
    12 oz Italian sausage
    1 med onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    2 med carrots, chopped (1 cup)
    2 cans (14 oz each) beef broth
    2 cups water
    2 cans (14.5 oz each) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and large pieces cut up
    cup small pasta shells
    cup shredded parmesan cheese
    2 tbl chopped fresh parsley

    If bean soup mix comes with seasoning mix, discard it. Heat beans and 8 cups water to boiling in a 4-qt saucepan; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hr. (Alternative: Soak beans in cold water overnight)

    Cook sausage and onion in skillet over med heat until sausage is no longer pink. Drain if necessary.

    Drain beans and discard water. Mix beans, sausage mixture, carrots, broth and 2 c. water in a 5-6 quart slow cooker.

    Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hrs.

    Stir in tomatoes and pasta. Increase heat to High. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until pasta is tender. Spinkle individual servings with cheese and parsley. 8 servings 1 cups each.

    Cals 395
    Fat 10g
    Fiber 10g
    Protien 22g
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