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Summer Minestrone Soup

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Summer Minestrone Soup
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Minestrone soup, swimming with beans and macaroni, is vegetable soup’s heartier Italian cousin. Preparing it in advance and having at the ready in your freezer will have you singing “That’s Amore” when dinnertime comes around.

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
1
cup Progresso™ cannellini beans, drained, rinsed (from 15-oz can)
1
medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1
medium carrot, thinly sliced
1/2
cup fresh or frozen cut (1/2-inch) green beans
1/2
cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ vegetable stock
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and salt; cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and oregano; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, cannellini beans, zucchini, carrot, green beans and macaroni.
  • 2 Add stock; heat to simmering over medium-high heat. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until macaroni is al dente. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  • 3 To freeze: In 8-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook about 4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, thyme and oregano; cook 2 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl. Stir in tomatoes and cannellini beans. Transfer to 1-quart resealable freezer plastic bag. Mix zucchini, carrot, green beans and macaroni in another 1-quart resealable freezer plastic bag. Freeze both bags up to 3 months. When ready to serve: In 4-quart saucepan, mix stock and bag of frozen tomato-bean mixture; heat to simmering over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook until frozen tomato-bean mixture is completely thawed, stirring occasionally. Add bag of vegetables and macaroni; return to simmering. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until macaroni is al dente. Top with Parmesan cheese.
Tips  

Lots of fun small pasta shapes are on your grocery store shelves. Try ditalini, orzo or small shells for a change of pace from elbow macaroni.

Canned chickpeas are a good substitute for the cannellini beans in this soup.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
40
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
(
Saturated Fat
1/2g
3%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
710mg
30%
Potassium
510mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
40g
13%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
26%
,
Sugars
10g
)
Protein
9g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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