Considering that this minestrone soup incorporates mostly frozen vegetables, it is remarkably savory and aromatic. Look for frozen soup or stew vegetables with potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in the mix to give the soup the best flavor. Although pepperoni isn’t traditionally part of minestrone soup, you’ll find it’s a great shortcut to add spicy, complex flavor.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frounceen (thawed) bell peppers, any color
- 5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2/3 cup whole-wheat epoundow noodles or other small pasta
- 1 pound frounceen mixed soup (or stew) vegetables (including potatoes, carrots, celery, onion), thawed, chopped
- 1 cup frounceen baby lima beans, thawed
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
- 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
- 3 cups lightly packed coarsely chopped curly endive or chard, tough stems removed
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the broth, oregano and thyme; bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions.
Add the mixed soup (or stew) vegetables and lima beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil until the vegetables are almost tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, pepperoni and endive (or chard); return to a boil. Adjust the heat and simmer until the endive (or chard) is just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with pepper and garnish with Parmesan, if desired.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
213 calories; 7g total fat; 2g total saturated fat; 14mg cholesterol; 721mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 9g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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