Hearty Minestrone

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner
Minestrone

The ultimate in comfort food, minestrone soup is a cold weather staple that’s brimming with cozy flavors. Give yours a healthy and hearty twist with this delicious recipe, which calls for small shell pasta and tons of vibrant veggies.

Want to make this dish while on phase 1? Just pass on the pasta. There’s so much flavor in this mouthwatering minestrone, you won’t even miss the carb-y stuff. Happy slurping!

Phase: Phase 2

Servings: 4

Nutrition Information

  • .5

    GCGood Carbohydrates

  • 1

    EExtras

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and green parts, white halved lengthwise, rinsed and thinly sliced, green parts chopped
  • 2 ribs celery with leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat ditalini or small shell pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 sprigs oregano, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, celery, minced garlic, dried oregano, pepper, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  2. Add the broth, Swiss chard, green beans, and pasta. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta is al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, in a cup, combine the chopped garlic with the parsley. Stir into the soup along with the zucchini. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Ladle the soup into 4 bowls and top each with 1 teaspoon of the cheese. Garnish with the oregano sprigs.