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Hearty Beef, Pasta, and Spinach Minestrone

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground round
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (4.4-ounce) package minestrone soup mix (such as Lipton's Kettle Creations)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tubular macaroni)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

Nutrition Information

  • calories 281
  • caloriesfromfat 12 %
  • fat 3.7 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 22 g
  • carbohydrate 40.4 g
  • fiber 5.6 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 4.9 mg
  • sodium 851 mg
  • calcium 129 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook ground round in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until the meat is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and return meat to pan. Stir in water, stewed tomatoes, and soup mix, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and sim-mer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in ditalini and chopped spinach, and simmer for 7 minutes or until the pasta is tender.