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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone SoupTimeless and traditional this quick and easy recipe calls for canned beans and diced tomatoes, but try to make them organic right along with the rest of the ingredients.



  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 2 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 tsp. dried basil
  6. 1 tsp. dried thyme
  7. 1 zucchini, chopped
  8. 1 cup vegetable stock
  9. 4 cups water
  10. 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, plus juice
  11. 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 1 package brown rice rotini pasta
  14. 3 cups Swiss chard, washed and chopped
  15. Grated Romano cheese


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven and saute the onion, garlic and pepper until tender. Add the basil and thyme and cook another 30 seconds, stirring well.

2. Add the zucchini; reduce heat, and cook another 3 minutes covered, but stirring from time to time.
3. Add the stock, water, tomatoes, beans and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to just under a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes; or place in a crock-pot and cook on low for 2 hours.
4. When ready bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta and chopped greens. Stir well, cover and turn off heat. Let sit about 8 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Drain in colander run under cool water and set aside.
5. Spoon 1 cup pasta and greens into a bowl and ladle soup over the pasta. Top with grated cheese and serve with a fresh green salad and whole grain sourdough bread.


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