Weeknight Minestrone

Minestrone—literally, big soup—is one of Italy’s signature dishes. Every region has its own special way of preparing this popular vegetable soup.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 envelopes (1 oz.) instant onion soup mix
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup drained canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup drained canned green beans
  • 1 cup medium pasta
  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the onion soup mix. Add the zucchini, carrots, white and green beans, and macaroni. Return to a boil. Add the tomatoes with their juice. Return to a boil.
  • Stir in parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the elbow macaroni is cooked. Pour the soup into serving bowls and garnish with the Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 envelopes (1 oz.) instant onion soup mix
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup drained canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup drained canned green beans
  • 1 cup medium pasta
  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the onion soup mix. Add the zucchini, carrots, white and green beans, and macaroni. Return to a boil. Add the tomatoes with their juice. Return to a boil.
  • Stir in parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the elbow macaroni is cooked. Pour the soup into serving bowls and garnish with the Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat3.5g
Saturated Fat1.5g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium1460mg
Total Carbohydrate35g
Dietary Fiber7g
Sugars8g
Protein9g