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Melissa's Minestrone

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2008-07-25 Appetizer
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This traditional Italian soup is loaded with healthy vegetables in a savory broth.

  • Servings: 12

Ingredients:

1 cup Lentil Beans
3 Medium Carrots, sliced
2 Medium Zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 cup Diced Onion
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 can Canellini Beans, drained and rinsed
3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
2 cans (14 Oz) Diced Tomatoes, italian style
6 oz Tomato Paste
2 tsp Basil
2 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
2 cups Small Shell Pasta
6 oz sliced Black Olives, optional

Directions:

Cook lentils according to package directions. Heat olive oil in large cooking pot over medium heat, and saute carrots, onion and garlic until onions are clear. Add 6 cups water and chicken boullion to pot and boil for 3-4 minutes. Add zucchini and canellini beans and boil for another 3 minutes. Turn heat to low and add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, olives (optional) and seasonings. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare small shell pasta separately; boil for minimum time recommended on package. Add pasta and lentils to soup and serve with breadsticks.

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