Recipe: Hearty Minestrone Soup

A satisfying soup, filled with fiber and nutrients

Recipe: Hearty Minestrone Soup

This tasty, filling Italian soup is packed with nutrient-rich veggies, heart-healthy olive oil and fiber-friendly legumes. Enjoy it all year long — let it warm you up in the fall and winter, and fill it with fresh vegetables from your garden in the summer.

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Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder)
1-1/3 cups coarsely chopped onion
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery and leaves
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup sliced carrots, fresh or frozen
4-3/4 cups shredded cabbage
1 can (16 ounces) tomatoes, cut up
1 cup canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cups frozen peas
1-1/2 cups fresh green beans
Dash hot sauce
11 cups water
2 cups uncooked spaghetti noodles

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan.
  2. Add garlic, onion and celery, and sauté about 5 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients except spaghetti, and stir until ingredients are well-mixed.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add uncooked spaghetti and simmer 2-3 minutes only.

Nutrition information

Makes 16 servings
Per serving:

Calories: 260
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 0g
Sodium: 191mg
Protein: 11g
Carbohydrate: 45g
Sugars: 7g
Dietary fiber: 8g

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—Recipe courtesy of Stay Young at Heart (National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute

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