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Vegetable Minestrone Soup

A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories—plus it’s an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious skinny vegetable soup.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 12 ounces fresh green beans, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups no-salt-added chicken broth or low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium cannellini or other white beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 teaspoons prepared pesto

Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, green beans and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes more.
  2. Add white beans, kale, zucchini, tomatoes, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to return to a simmer; cook until the zucchini and kale have softened, about 10 minutes. Top each serving of soup with 1 teaspoon pesto.

Nutritional Information:

Serving size: 1¾ cups each; Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Per serving: 225 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 8 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 52 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,134 IU vitamin A; 30 mg vitamin C; 106 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 406 mg sodium; 866 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (83% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv)

Source: Hilary Meyer, EatingWell Recipe Contributor

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