Best Bites: Weeknight meals minestrone with dinosaur noodles


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This minestrone with dinosaur noodles is the perfect weeknight meal to enjoy with the kids! Checkout the recipe on this episode of Best Bites!


  • 2 celery ribs, chopped

  • 2 large carrots, diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • 11 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the carrots, celery and onion in oil and butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

  2. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, parsley, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add dinosaur noodles; cook, uncovered, 6-8 minutes or until noodles and vegetables are tender.

  3. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with cheese

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