Italpasta Classic Minestrone

This comforting classic is a hearty soup perfect for cold weather. Try doubling this recipe so you can pack leftovers in lunches.

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pkg Italpasta Ditali
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
  • 8 cup chicken or vegetable broth (no salt added)
  • 1 can kidney beans (low sodium)
  • 6 cup baby spinach
  • 1 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottom saucepan set over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in broth and diced tomatoes; add kidney beans and bay leaf. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and soup is thickened. Stir in ditali and spinach; cook for 10 minutes or until shells are tender and spinach has wilted. Adjust seasoning to taste. Discard bay leaf. Serve with Swiss chard microgreens or Parmesan cheese.

Tips

Add 1/2 lb (250 g) chopped bacon with the onions to add a nice smoky flavour.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 502mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g