Minestrone

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1
large onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1
medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
2
cans (14.5 oz each) Italian-style stewed tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
2
cans (14 oz each) vegetable broth
1
can (15 to 16 oz) dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1
cup uncooked small pasta shells (4 oz)
1
medium yellow summer squash or zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, cut crosswise into slices (1 1/2 cups)
1/4
cup basil pesto
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

Directions

Directions

  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Stir in tomatoes, broth and beans. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 5 minutes.
  • 3 Stir in pasta and squash. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Boil 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Top individual servings with pesto; swirl in slightly. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

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Tips

Expert Tips

Both dark and light red kidney beans are widely available, and either can be used in this recipe--make it easy and use whatever is on hand.

Chicken Minestrone: Add 1 cup cubed cooked chicken or turkey with the pasta in step 3.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
20%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
1580mg
66%
Total Carbohydrate
69g
23%
Dietary Fiber
12g
47%
Sugars
17g
17%
Protein
16g
16%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.