Summer Minestrone Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups thinly sliced leek, white and light green parts only (about 2 leeks)
- 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 8 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
- 2 cups chopped yellow squash
- 2 cups chopped zucchini
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 5 ounces Lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1/4 cup homemade or refrigerated pesto (such as Buitoni)
- 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
- calories 250
- fat 9.8 g
- satfat 2.5 g
- monofat 5.8 g
- polyfat 1 g
- protein 14 g
- carbohydrate 28 g
- fiber 5 g
- cholesterol 9 mg
- iron 3 mg
- sodium 551 mg
- calcium 200 mg
How to Make It
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add leek, carrot, celery, and garlic; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not brown). Add tomato paste; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add stock and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes.
Place 1 cup cannellini beans in a small bowl; mash with a fork. Add mashed beans, remaining cannellini beans, squashes, bell pepper, green beans, pasta, salt, and black pepper to pan. Increase heat to medium; cook 10 minutes. Stir in kale; cook 2 minutes. Place 2 cups soup in each of 8 bowls, or follow freezing instructions. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons pesto and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
FREEZE: Cool soup completely. Freeze flat in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag for up to 2 months.
THAW: Microwave soup in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) 5 minutes or until pliable.
REHEAT: Pour soup into a large Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, partially covered, 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with pesto and Parmesan cheese.