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Melissa's Minestrone

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

  • Servings: 12


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


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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