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This soup is very good.  I found it very like the minestrone that I used to eat as a kid.  Definitely the ultimate in comfort food.  I find that I enjoy really thick soups over brothy ones.  This soup definitely fits the bill.  Let me know how you like it and if you have any fabulous adjustments to it (nobody ever REALLY follows the recipe to the letter do they??;)

                     *  Exported from  MasterCook  *

                             Fast Minestrone

Recipe By     : The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook
Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:10
Categories    : Soups And Stews

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   3      cups          vegetable broth
  14 1/2  ounces        Stewed tomatoes, canned -- Italian style
     1/2  cup           uncooked small pasta
  15      ounces        kidney beans, canned -- drained and rinsed
  15      ounces        cannelini beans, canned -- drained and rinsed
  16      ounces        Italian style mixed veggies -- frozen
   2      teaspoons     parsley flakes
     1/2  teaspoon      basil
     1/2  teaspoon      marjoram
                        freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

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NOTES : When I made this recipe I used 1 1/2 cubes of McCormick vegetarian chicken flavour bouillion with 3 cups water.  I used small vegetable shells for the pasta.  For the veggies I used cauliflower, brocolli and turnip because those were the frozen veggies that needed to be used up to avoid freezer burn.  I used one can of white kidney beans and one can of navy beans because that is what I had on hand.  I think next time I will use red kidney beans just to provide a colour contrast.  My husband also added some Louisiana Hot Sauce behind my back which I must admit added a nice touch.

This soup was really, really good.  This isn't one of those:  alright but I wouldn't make it every week soups, this ones a keeper.