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Easy Pantry Minestrone Soup
(enough for a crowd, and makes great leftovers)
Submitted by Deb Carpenter 28 September 1999


1 28-oz can peeled tomatoes in juice, chopped, and one can water (or liquid from canned items, below, to make 28 oz)
1 medium onion, minced or equivalent amount dehydrated (2-3 Tbsp)*
3-4 cloves garlic, baked or microwaved until soft (this removes some of the sharpness) minced, or equivalent amount dehydrated (1-2 tsp)*
1-16 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-16 oz can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1-16 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 can kitchen cut green beans or 1 10-oz package frozen Italian green beans, drained
1 can baby lima beans (optional), drained
1-8 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
2 medium or three small zucchini, cut into thin slices with skin, larger pieces quartered
1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
1-10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well

Seasonings: (to taste, or in the following amounts)
1 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt

1-1/2 tsp sweet basil leaves
1-1/2 tsp oregano leaves
1-1/2 tsp chervil (or parsley)
1/2 tsp thyme leaves
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper.

*Actually, if you roast or bake the onion and garlic first, this adds
wonderful flavor and no fat.)


In soup pot over medium-high heat, put tomatoes, juice, and water and mix thoroughly.  Add onion and garlic, canned items, and heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.  Add zucchini, pepper, and spinach and cook over medium to high heat until very hot. (Approximately 30 minutes, but this is very flexible, depending on your schedule).  Liquid will reduce, and it will take on a "stew-like" consistency.  Add seasonings last, taste, correct if you wish, and cook another 5-10 minutes before serving.  Very low fat, high fiber, and it gets rave reviews even from our non-vegetarian friends!

Ingredients information

Basil, Sweet Dried

Beans - Great Northern

Beans, Green

Beans, Kidney, canned

Beans, Lima, Baby

Chick Peas or Garbanzos, Canned

Garlic Salt
Photo and Description not available


Olives, Ripe, Sliced

Onions, Yellow
Onion Salt
Photo and Description not available

Oregano, Dried


Pepper, Red Bell

Pepper, ground black


Squash, Zucchini

Tomatoes, Canned, Whole
Thyme Leaves
Photo and Description not available
It makes everything taste better.

Utensils and Equipment Information

Dish, Small Ceramic Baking

Garlic Press


Measuring Cup, Liquid

Measuring Spoons

Pot, Large Stainless Steel

Spoon, Large Mixing

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!

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