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Italian minestrone soup

Easy, healthy recipe for Italian minestrone soup is a great way to get lots of fiber, protein and veggies. Makes about 3 quarts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 229kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 2 stalks celery , diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized zucchini , diced
  • 1/2 small head or cabbage or 6 cups spinach , shredded
  • 3 cans cannelloni beans (or white navy beans) (15.5 oz cans)
  • 1 cans tomato sauce (15 oz cans) (San Marzano or Muir Glen preferred)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz cans) (San Marzano or Muir Glen preferred)
  • 32 oz chicken broth (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • basil , handful chopped
  • pesto , olive oil, and grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  • cut bacon into 1/4-inch slices and heat over medium high heat in a deep saute pan for 2 to 3 minutes until the pieces begin to cook, drain fat
  • add olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots to pan and continue to cook until vegetables soften slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes
  • add garlic, zucchini, and cabbage or spinach and continue cooking for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • add beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, water, and basil and raise heat to bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer stirring frequently (will encourage thickening) over low heat for 30 minutes
  • season to taste with salt and pepper
  • serve with pesto thinned with olive oil and grated cheese.
  • soup will thicken over time if storing or preparing in advance

Notes

Use cooked dried beans in place of canned to reduce sodium
6 bowls or 12 cups servings

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 30.4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4.7mg