In pot, heat:
2 T Olive Oil
Add and saute:
1 Med. Onion (or equivalent Dried Onion, whatever you have)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or garlic powder, whatever you have)
2 carrots, sliced thinly
2 stalks celery (I didn't have these and it turned out great)
2 cans Diced Tomatoes - Italian Recipe (or just regular diced tomatoes w/ Italian Seasoning added)
2 cans chicken broth (14 1/2 oz.)
2 t. dried parsley (or 1 T. fresh)
2 t. diced basil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. salt
Bring all to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes.
2 cans kidney beans, drained (15 oz.)
2 c. shredded cabbage (optional - I didn't have this either)
Simmer 10 min.
1 med. sized zucchini sliced (again, I didn't add this)
1/2. c. uncooked elbow macaroni
Cook 10 min.
Serve topped with Parmesan Cheese OR shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (Kirtland brand at Costco in the deli/refrigerated section at the back - Jillyn recommended that I have this cheese on hand because it's delicious added to almost anything like soups, salads, pasta, hot veggies, toasted on bread, etc - it's really similar to fresh parmesan they grate onto your food at Italian Restaurants.)