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Minestrone Soup

Yield: 6 servings plus leftovers
Prep 20 mins Cook 32 mins
Minestrone Soup
Ingredients
  • 1  large  onion, diced
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 4  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 2  ribs  celery, diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1  large  carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1  medium  zucchini (about 8 ounces), diced
  • 1  teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1  teaspoon  dried basil
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 6  cups  low-sodium vegetable broth or low-sodium chicken broth (48 ounces)
  • 1 28  ounce cans  no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 45  ounce can  no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15  ounce can  low-sodium cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2  cup  whole grain elbow pasta
  • 1/3  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley leaves
Directions

1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat cook and stir onion in hot oil for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Add celery and carrot. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften. Add zucchini, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add the broth and the diced and crushed tomatoes. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add the beans and pasta. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta and vegetables are tender. Top servings with cheese and parsley.

Make it vegetarian:

3. Use the vegetable broth option as directed.

For hearty appetites:

4. Serve with Prosciutto-Arugula Panini.

Make it gluten-free:

5. Use gluten-free broth and substitute 1/2 cup of uncooked rice for the pasta. Cook 5 minutes longer or until rice is tender.

Nutrition Facts (Minestrone Soup)
  • cal. (kcal) 236,
  • Fat, total (g) 7,
  • chol. (mg) 3,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 36,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 9,
  • sugar (g) 13,
  • pro. (g) 10,
  • vit. A (IU) 3547,
  • vit. C (mg) 31,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 719,
  • Potassium (mg) 471,
  • calcium (mg) 182,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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