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Quick Summer Meals Contest – Cheesy Minestrone


I’ve been a slacker lately with blogging.

I know it and I’m not really too sorry about it.  You know why?  Because its summer and I’ve been busy with summer fun stuff.  As much as I enjoy this blogging thing, I enjoy summer fun more.  I know you can relate. 

Excuses for not blogging more –

This past weekend we went to the Twin Cities.  My cousin got married on Saturday and I had lots of catching up and cackling to do with my extended family.  There was blog talk, but no blog work.

On Sunday, we spent the day with my brother and his family, my dad and step-mom and my niece on the Mississippi River.  It was a beautiful day to be on the river.  We took off from Prescott, WI and headed south to Red Wing, MN where we enjoyed some lunch at the Harbor Bar, a cool eats and drinks place right on the river.  After refreshing ourselves we headed back north to play in the St. Croix River for awhile before heading home.   Who wants to blog when you can be on the boat?

Then there was a girl in our house that was having a birthday and her birthday was #1 priority.  She’s the only kid yet that still wants a “decorated” cake.  My older two are easy – one wants a cheesecake and the other an angel food cake – their favorites.  Nice and easy.  But this now 8 year old always tries to find the hardest cake for me to make but this year, she took me by surprise and wanted this iPod cake.  Super duper easy for the average cake decorator.  Again, no blogging done but I did have one happy girl.

As you can see – I’ve been busy but very little blogging gets done.  So what’s better on a busy day than an easy – and I mean EASY 30 minutes or less meal.  For those of you who know me and my family, you know we don’t care for beans and this recipe does have them in it.  But what drew me to this recipe wasn’t necessarily the ingredients but the ease of it.  It’s basically, open, dump, heat and eat.  You open up a bunch of cans, dump it into a stock pot, heat it and eat it up.  Really – it doesn’t get much easier than that.


Congratulations to Krissa from Amarillo, TX for her Cheesy Minestrone Soup Recipe in this week’s Quick Summer Meals Recipe Contest.  Krissa says that she sometimes makes this in the crock pot too and just dumps in everything and heats it on low for about 4 hours.  She also said its good pot luck food.  I would agree with her since it feeds 10 – 12 easily. 

Since Krissa’s recipe was chosen this week, she will receive a nonstick ovenliner from Chef’s Planet.  I have had a nonstick ovenliner for 3+ years now and LOVE it!!!  Don’t know what I’d do without it. 


This liner fits on the bottom of your electric range under the heating elements or if you have a gas range, you need to put it on the bottom rack.  What it does is catches all of the spills for you.  No more cleaning the bottom of the oven because your pie spilled over.   You just pull out the liner, wipe off the mess and then stick it back in the oven.  Man oh man – it saves a girl some time I’m tellin’ ya!

Now – next week – I’m hoping to have a sweet treat for you AND the next Quick Summer Meal winner but its summer and I’m not guaranteeing you anything.

There’s still time to send in your Quick Summer Meal.  Click here for details.

Cheesy Minestrone Soup

Yield: 10 - 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


• 1 pound ground beef, browned and fat drained
• 2 – 15 ounce cans Ranch Style Beans
• 4 – 10 ¾ ounce cans Campbell's Minestrone Soup
• 1 – 10 ounce can Rotel, optional
• 8-12 ounces Velveeta cheese


1. Brown hamburger in a stock pot. Drain off fat.
2. Dump cans of beans, Menestrone Soup and Rotel into same pot. Stir well.
3. Add Velveeta. Heat and stir until cheese is melted.
4. Serve with crescent rolls or biscuits.

Can also be made in a crock pot. Put all ingredients into the crock pot and put on Low for about 4 hours.

Great Pot Luck Meal!

Krissa from Amarillo, TX

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One Response to “Quick Summer Meals Contest – Cheesy Minestrone”

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    Joan — June 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Great recipe and so easy to make!!!