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Garden Minestrone

Bursting with the goodness of seven vegetables.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2005

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 2 tablespoons cheese)
  • Hands-on:22 Minutes
  • Total:58 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chopped yellow squash
  • 3 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 4 cups chopped tomato, divided
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (very short tube-shaped macaroni)
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
  • Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

Preparation

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until softened. Add oregano and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in squash, zucchini, carrot, and corn; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat.

Place 3 cups tomato and 1 can broth in a blender; process until smooth. Add tomato mixture to pan; return pan to heat. Stir in remaining 1 cup tomato and remaining 2 cans broth; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Add pasta and beans to pan; cook 10 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Ladle soup into individual bowls; top with cheese. Garnish with coarsely ground black pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 217
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 12.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.5g
  • Fiber: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 2.7mg
  • Sodium: 812mg
  • Calcium: 206mg
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