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Merry Minestrone

Merry Minestrone
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 10
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!
Updated July 27, 2010

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

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