My youngest sister, J. (I guess that makes her an “Aunt of Pearls”!) shared this recipe with me. It originated from her boyfriend’s Mom, who dreamed it up during the Lenten season last year while on Weight Watchers. Thanks Mrs. S! It’s been passed around various Mommy circles and many variations now exist, but here are the basics!
1 can Minestrone soup (any brand)
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can creamed corn
Combine all together in a large pot and warm over low heat. You can even toss it in the crockpot for all day simmering. Season to taste with any number of your favorite seasonings (Watkins preferred, of course). The basic recipe is one Weight Watchers Point! Variations include adding a can of beef broth or stirring in some sour cream at the end to render it more creamy. I usually add 3/4 pound of browned ground beef, making it closer to 4 points. You can pretty much add anthing you’ve got leftover in the fridge as well. I’ve added cooked pasta noodles, more veggies…
Your family will think you slaved away at the stove ALL day. Pair it with a crusty loaf of bread and you can rest easy. Even kids that don’t like veggies, nor beans, have been known to consume great quantities of this soup! Enjoy!