A Lent-Friendly Dinner

My husband and I are Catholic and today is a Friday. That means no meat! Meatless Fridays are a part of the Lenten season sacrifices, along with choosing to give up something of your choice. Alex and I both decided to give up coke (or “pop” as he would call it) which has been tough going sometimes. There are many times when all I want is a nice refreshing coke. The meatless Fridays are also not the easiest things for us since we tend to be meat-in-every-meal kinda people. You are permitted to eat fish/seafood but this week I decided to try something totally vegetarian to save some money in our grocery budget. I saw this recipe in the same “Simply One Dish” Pillsbury Magazine. It turned out pretty good for a vegetarian dish but we still weren’t raving about it. I would make it again but maybe add some Italian sausage or something. I know that sort of defeats the purpose but what can I say?! We like our meat. 🙂

Main Dish Minestrone

Main Dish Minestrone
(Pillsbury Simply One Dish magazine)

  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1 c. chopped onions
  • 2 small, unpeeled red potatoes, cubed (1 cup)
  • 1/2 c. chopped carrot
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1/3 c. chopped bell pepper
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen spinach
  • 1/4 c. uncooked orzo pasta or broken spaghetti
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

1. In a 4-quart nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven, heat water to boiling over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling.

2. Reduce heat; simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and pasta are tender.

Per Serving (1 cup): Calories 190; Total Fat 1.5g; Sodium 720mg, Dietary Fiber 7g


2 Responses to “A Lent-Friendly Dinner”

  1. spkr602 Says:

    I love minestrone. I’m going to have to try this recipe. (Probably have to add some meat for my husband!)

  2. frozen meatless spaghetti sauce recipe Says:

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