Minestrone Heart Healthy Soup

Minestrone (/ˌmɪnɪsˈtroʊni/; Italian: [mineˈstroːne]) is a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice, sometimes both. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes.

There is no set recipe for minestrone, since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be vegetarian, contain meat, or contain a meat-based broth (such as chicken stock). (Source: Wikipedia)

Here is one of my favorite Minestrone soup recipes. Not only is it delicious, but it’s heart healthy too.

Minestrone Heart Healthy Soup

Preparation Time 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup cut green beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can (14 ½ oz.) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-19 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 -19 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried

How to Make Minestrone Soup:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium – high heat
Add the onions and cook stirring occasionally for five minutes or until soft.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the broth, zucchini, green beans, corn, lemon peel, rosemary, Italian seasoning,
salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in the tomatoes (with its juice), and the beans. Simmer covered for 30 minutes.
Stir in the basil

Servings: 6

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