I changed things up a bit for my family's tastes and what we had on hand. I sauted about a tsp of minced garlic in oil for about a minute, then I added 2 cans of chicken broth and a little over a cup of meatless spaghetti sauce. I also added some dried basil, pepper, and a couple shakes of dehydrated onion flakes. I let it simmer for a few minutes, then I added 1 can of drained garbanzo beans and ½ can of drained black beans. I pureed the rest of the can of black beans with some of the soup and then stirred it into the soup (it helped to thicken and improve the texture and colour of the soup). I let that simmer for another ten minutes, then I added a couple cups of a frozen pasta-veggie blend (mini bow ties, peas, carrots, corn). Ten minutes later, dinner was done and made extra-tasty with some parmesan. It was very similar to minestrone and quite delicious. Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
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I changed things up a bit for my family's tastes and what we had on hand. I sauted about a tsp...