Healthy Minestrone


Leafy Swiss chard adds a bone-building mix of magnesium, manganese, and potassium to this Italian favorite.

healthy minestrone soup
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 14 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cup water

  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ cup dried multigrain elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

  • 6 cup coarsely torn, trimmed Swiss chard or 8 cups packaged fresh baby spinach leaves

  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes


  1. In 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook onion in hot oil over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth, water, beans, zucchini, carrots, and garlic. Bring to boiling. Add pasta and dried oregano, if using. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in Swiss chard. (If using spinach, stir in at the last with tomatoes.) Simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes more or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in tomatoes and fresh oregano, if using. Remove from heat. Season with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with additional fresh oregano.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

162 Calories
3g Fat
30g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Sodium 554mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 24.2mg 121%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 434mg 9%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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