Merry Minestrone

An array of veggies, beans and herbs packed into one flavorful side dish. Have this mouth-watering soup ready ahead of time and simply reheat to serve. Perfect for Italian cuisine!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 10

1
tablespoon vegetable oil
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
4
cups chicken broth or water
4
cups tomato juice
1
cup dry red wine or water
1
tablespoon dried basil leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
small zucchini, chopped (2 cups)
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
2
medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1
can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2
cans (15 to 16 ounces each) kidney, garbanzo or great northern beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 Heat oil in 8-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook garlic and onion in oil about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender.
  • 2 Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour.

Expert Tips

Refrigerate minestrone tightly covered no longer than 48 hours. To reheat, cover and heat to boiling in 8-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Stir in a 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain, with the vegetables.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
175
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
1300mg
1300%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
8g
8%
),
Protein
12g
12%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
22%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 Very Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.