////Vegetable Soup with Pasta and Greens
Vegetable Soup with Pasta and Greens 2017-01-28T09:41:23-05:00

Vegetable Soup With Pasta and Greens

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch slices
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch slices
1 red pepper, diced
1 14.5 ounce can no salt added stewed tomatoes, chopped with their juices
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
½ cup chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups fresh spinach leaves, shredded (or can use 1 box frozen shredded spinach leaves, defrosted and drained)
2/3 cup small dried pasta, such as elbow, small shells, or ditalini
1/3 cup coarsely ground parmesan cheese

In a large non-stick Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the oil until hot over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the zucchini and the bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently until the pepper is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring frequently until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the broth, 2 cups of water, basil and the salt and bring to a boil. Stir in the spinach and the pasta and return to a boil. Cook until the pasta is tender, approximately 10 minutes.  Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information:
Calories 194, Fat 5 grams, Carbohydrates 30 grams, Protein 10 grams

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