Minestrone Soup……

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Nothing beats the winter chill like a steaming bowl of soup …

Minestrone is a thick, hearty soup with any combination of leafy greens, vegetables and beans. This beloved Italian favorite can be thrown together with whatever’s in your pantry & is a meal in itself. The best part is that this soup is an excellent source of fiber and tastes awesome with a side of salad and bread sticks or grilled cheese sandwich ……

Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 45
Serves : 3 – 4

Ingredients :

1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced white onions (about 1 small onion)
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
2 Tbs cut green beans
2 Tbs minced celery
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup canned red kidney beans , drained
1/2 cup canned small white beans or great northern beans, drained
1 /2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup carrots, julienned or shredded
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt as per taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups hot water
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup small shell pasta

Directions

Heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.

Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.

Add vegetable broth to pot, plus tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve with cheese sprinkled over the top Along with salad & Bread sticks or any bread of your choice..

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