Minestrone is an excellent option for an Italian dish in the winter time. This thick soup will keep you warm as well as curb your pasta cravings.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups carrot, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups zucchini, diced
- 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
- 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
- 1-inch Parmesan cheese rind
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- 2 cups cooked elbow pasta
- 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery 3 to 4 minutes and sauté, stirring regularly until vegetables are softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and continue cooking 1 minute longer.
- Stir in zucchini, green beans, salt, pepper, paprika and rosemary.
- Add tomatoes, broth, Parmesan rind, bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer with the pot partially covered for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the cheese from sticking.
- Add kidney beans. Cook 5 minutes.
- Stir in parsley, basil and cooked pasta and cook just until pasta is heated through.
- Before serving remove bay leaf and thyme stems. Cheese rind can be removed or eaten. Serve soup with grated Parmesan if desired.
|Serving Size: 1|
|Servings per Recipe: 6|
|Amount per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat: 13 g||19%|
|Saturated Fat: 4 g||20%|
|Cholesterol: 14 mg||5%|
|Sodium: 133 mg||56%|
|Carbohydrate: 44 g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber: 10 g||42%|
|Protein: 27 g|
*The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.