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Simple Minestrone


This classic Italian soup usually contains beef or chicken stock; here the stock has been replaced by water--offers a lower calorie soup than the traditional minestrone soup.

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  • 1 T. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick, adn washed well
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 small head cabbage, halved lengthwise and shredded
  • 1 T. chopped fresh rosemary or 1 t. dried
  • 1 can(14.5 oz.)diced tomatoes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can(19 oz.)kidney beans, drained rinsed
  • 4 oz. small elbow macraroni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


Servings 4
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 60mins


Step 1

In a large pot (6 to 8 qts.), heat 1 T. oil over medium heat. Add onion, leek, carrot and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, 3-4 minutes. Stir in zucchini, cabbage, and rosemary; cook stirring, until vegetables are coated, 1-2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and enough water (about 6 cups) to cover vegetables by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender and soupd is thickened, about 10 minutes.

Stir in beans and pasta, cook until pasta is al dente, 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls. Garnish with Parmesan, and drizzle with oil, as desired.


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