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Spicy Mexican Minestrone Stew

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 50 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 348 1 serving

Here's a casual, comforting dish that's great for friends or family.  Picante sauce adds a zesty burst of flavor that makes this minestrone-style stew especially tasty.


  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, casing removed
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups Swanson® Beef Broth or Swanson® Beef Stock
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 1/2 cups Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces (1/2 of a 1 pound package) medium shell shaped pasta, cooked and drained (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 1 package (about 10 ounces) frozen cut green beans, thawed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can (anout 15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or mozzarella cheese


  • Tips

    • Easy Substitution: Substitute 1 can (14.5 ounces) cut green beans, drained for the frozen.
    • Time-Saving: For quicker preparation, omit the first step and cook the sausage over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Leave the sausage in the skillet and pour off any fat. Proceed with the remainder of the recipe as directed.
  • Step 1

    Shape the sausage firmly into 1/2-inch meatballs.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until well browned on all sides. Remove the meatballs from the saucepan. Pour off any fat.

  • Step 3

    Stir the broth, tomatoes, picante sauce and garlic powder in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Stir in the shells. Return the meatballs to the saucepan. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.

  • Step 4

    Stir in the green beans and kidney beans. Cook for 10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and the shells are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with the cheese before serving, if desired.

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