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Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Minestrone Casserole

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 6 hr 40 min total time
  • 14 ingredients
  • 5 servings
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With a 20-minute prep time, a hearty pasta casserole can be assembled in the morning on even the busiest days.

Ingredients

3
medium carrots, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
cup water
2
teaspoons sugar
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
1
can (15 to 16 oz) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
1
can (6 oz) Italian-style tomato paste
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen cut green beans (from 12-oz bag), thawed
1
cup uncooked elbow macaroni (3 1/2 oz)
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)

Steps

  • 1 In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except green beans, macaroni and cheese.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 3 Stir in green beans and macaroni. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook about 20 minutes longer or until beans and macaroni are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 1 In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except green beans, macaroni and cheese.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 3 Stir in green beans and macaroni. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook about 20 minutes longer or until beans and macaroni are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

If you prefer, substitute a can of kidney or great northern beans for the garbanzo beans. If you have cooked beans on hand already, use 1 3/4 cups instead of the can of beans.

Looking to get a healthy dose of vegetables? This vegetarian main dish has carrots, onions, tomatoes and green beans, in addition to fiber-rich garbanzos.

Adding sugar, even a small amount, can balance the acid level of the tomatoes and round out the flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
345
Calories from Fat
55
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
Saturated Fat
2g
2%
Cholesterol
10mg
10%
Sodium
1060mg
1060%
Total Carbohydrate
67g
67%
Dietary Fiber
13g
13%
Protein
19g
19%
% Daily Value*:
Iron
32%
32%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 1 Vegetable;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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