Tasty Tuesday – Minestrone 3 ww points
Welcome to Tasty Tuesday at The Little Brown House! The day that is partially to blame
for my return to Weight Watchers! (I also hold Pioneer Woman responsible)
But obviously I am not to blame in any way – obviously..
I received a comment from a reader on my Tasty Tuesday Crescent Rolls post.
She was asking about the Minestrone soup I had pictured with them,
and I realized I hadn’t shared that yet. So that is what I am featuring today.
It isn’t a true minestrone as I have included meat, but you could just as easily
leave that out. My husband has a hard time looking at soup as meal, so I
usually make sure I include meat with mine!
Here is the starting line up of ingredients:
I usually use about 2 cups beef broth – canned, cubes, or a mixture of both.
I consider beef and chicken bouillon to be a must have in my pantry. They are the
foundation for so many good things!
I start out with a large pot and fill it with the broth.
Then I chop up whatever vegetables I have on hand.
Usually carrots, celery, and cukes or zucchini.
The chopped veggies go into the boiling broth to cook. Turn the heat on simmer
and just let them be for about 20 minutes. After they are cooked,
add two cans of stewed tomatoes to mixture.
Brown your ground beef over medium heat:
Drain and add to the broth/vegetable mixture. Put in 1 or two
cans of kidney beans at this point if you want – they add extra protein!
This next step is my own personal preference. I add the pasta last, so that it doesn’t
end up overcooked or soggy.
And I am not too picky – I will use whatever shape of pasta I have in the cupboard!
I put about 1 1/2 cups dry pasta in to the soup, then just let it
simmer for 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
This give you plenty of time to whip up some crescent rolls to go with the soup!
Click the link below for my recipe:
This is one of those soups that gets better with time – so be sure to save enough
for leftovers. I like to fill up a couple of freezer containers with it
and bring it out at a later time for a weekend lunch.
I ran this recipe in my Weight Watchers online recipe builder and it works out to
about 3 points per serving. That is for a full cup, and if you leave out the beans
or the meat it would probably only be just over 1 point. Not bad!
Now the rolls and butter, on the other hand…. well lets just say I need to work on those!
Hope you enjoy the soup! Let me know if you like it! (you could even tell me if you don’t…)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I have some trash to treasure posts coming up soon,
and then there is always my ongoing bathroom remodel… never a dull moment
here at The Little Brown House!! Check out these parties I am linking up to!