Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty Minestrone Soup

Serves 6 to 8
Packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, this soup is a meal in itself. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 large stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup dried fusilli pasta
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or white beans, drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
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In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent. Add broth, cabbage, tomato paste, parsley, basil, celery, carrots, bay leaf, and tomatoes with their juice and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add chickpeas, pasta and beans and simmer for another 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve with cheese sprinkled over the top.

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Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 280 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 41g carbohydrates, (8 g dietary fiber, 8g sugar), 12g protein.
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