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This one is good for a weeknight after work, not hard to make and pretty good.

1 c. coarsely chopped tomato (about 1 large one.)
3/4 c. uncooked small macaroni shells
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
1 tbsp. chopped fresh or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
1 (8 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth

Mix all ingredients in 2-quart saucepan. Heat to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender. 4 servings.
 

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Trade always exists for the traders. Any time you hear businessmen debating "which policy is better for America," don’t bend over. -George Carlin-

    by not4morewars on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:41:17 AM PST

  •  I'm going to try this! (6+ / 0-)

    I need more recipes-- especially quick-prep and healthy ones.
    Thanks!

  •  Sound great. I love bean and pasta soups. But (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Russgirl, FloridaSNMOM

    mine are usually much simplier and less interesting than this one looks.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 09:40:52 AM PST

    •  Thanks for the reminder! (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      HoundDog, FloridaSNMOM

      I would typically add more greens of some sort - combined together with tomatoes they apparently increase cancer fighting abilities.

      My grandmother would make the BEST homemade vegetable soups - made from her organic garden.  She canned her own vegies until we made her stop around age 95 - lived to age 98.

           We all need to return to the garden.

      Best to all - forward Obama and team!

      •  That's what I do too. I also often put some hot (0+ / 0-)

        oil in it to spice it up a bit.  I like adding spinach, green beans, or even brussel sprouts to add low calorie, low fat volume so I can eat more but still imagine I'm on my diet.

        I lost 60 pounds from November to April doing this kind of thing, but then hit a block and even gained back 15 pound once it got too hot to work outdoors and take long walks.

        So now I'm ready to start another cycle of getting more serious.  

        I use this trick of adding greens in almost everything.  Even dishes where they don't "belong."

        Ever since my girl friend of high school made me "tuna noodle casserole" it became a life long favorite comfort food.

        Her recipe was a pound of the broad flat Pennsylvania Dutch egg noodles to which she would add two cans of Cambell's cream of mushroom soup and two cans of tuna (in oil)  put potato chips on top.

        My ex-wife convinced me to substitute tuna in water, (drained), and switch to low fat generic cream of mushroom which wasn't as good. (This wasn't the main reason we got divorced, but has crossed my mind as a mitigating factor in reducing my regret.)

        But, to move in healthier directions I started substituting string beans and spinach for half of the noodles, and adding kidney beans.

        A trick I learned from my girlfriend in the first year of college who introduced me to Ramen noodles to which she would add a boil egg, and chick peas, (which she called garbonzo beans -- she was like a poet and gustatory genius - I regret letting her slip away) or kidney beans and bean sprouts which gave otherwise boring Ramen noodles a crunch texture and subtle flavor.

        Then I learned one could substitute more substantial noodles, and use dried chicken broth powder or cubes as a substitute for those little MSG packets in Ramen noodles and then add almost any vegetable or green things.  

        Plus one can either make them as soups keeping the water in (and even melting in cheese) , or drain  the water off and then add the powdery flavorings, afterwards, and even add the egg afterwards as is apparently done with fried rice.

        This fried rice "genre" is going to be my next goal, as I am beginning to suspect one can do a whole lot of the same things one does with noodles except substitute rice, and then fry it in a little oil (which I know is not good -which is why I use the "green redemption strategy.)

        One of my brothers has become one of those extreme plant only Essylton Vegans after developing chest pains with no health care, and doesn't even use oils which is so extreme it is hard to imagine.

        But, I've been researching the oil substitutes he uses like various vegetable broths and yeast flavorings.

        My last girl friend/s.o of 10 years until we broke up in Feb. loved these store bought Indian curry, and other kinds of flavoring mixes that come in jars,  although she didn't really like cooking as much as buying the jars, and eating the sauces right out of them, with unimaginable amounts of chili spices added in to the point they would scold your mouth.    

        But, as I love both Indian and Chinese food and want to learn how to get those amazing flavor sauces, it seems one strategy is to cheat and just do variations of the dry style Ramen noodles and then add these jarred sauces.

        Although, it might be easier to find a girlfriend who likes to make Chinese and Indian food.    

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 12:33:17 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  OT, I read the title and thought (1+ / 0-)
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    not4morewars

    you were describing the state of my brain.

    Instead of cooking I'm working on GOTV:

    Call out the Vote:
    http://calloutthevote.com/

    GOTV. Progressives. Phonebanking from home.
    http://bit.ly/...

    Workersvoice. Call Ohio:
    http://go.workersvoice.org/...

  •  love the simplicity gotta try it (0+ / 0-)
  •  We're having something similar for dinner tonight. (0+ / 0-)

    Pasta a fagioli

    We're using PA dutch pot pie dough.

    My other half and I watch the Chew every afternoon. It's our hour together over lunch between my daughter's school work and my son's school work.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 12:55:49 PM PST

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