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San Francisco Minestrone

Categories: Comfort Foods
Type: Soups and Stews

A hearty minestrone soup filled with veggies and rice is a great comfort on a foggy, San Francisco kind of day.

Serves: Serves: 6 (1 1/2 cups)


  • 16 ounces ground 90% lean turkey or beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup finely sliced celery
  • 2 cups (one 16-ounce can) tomatoes, chopped and undrained
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup (2 ounces) uncooked Minute Rice
  • 2 cups shredded spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (2 1/2 ounces) shredded Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

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  1. In a large saucepan sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion. Add carrots, celery, undrained tomatoes, and water. Mix well to combine.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in uncooked rice, spinach, basil, and black pepper.
  4. Re-cover and continue simmering for 10 minutes or until rice and vegetables are tender.
  5. When serving, top each bowl with 1 1/2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese.

excerpted from:

From COOKING HEALTHY ACROSS AMERICA by JoAnna Lund. Used by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © 2000 by Healthy Exchanges, Inc.

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