Magnificent Minestrone

Magnificent Minestrone

Source: Pulse Canada

Yield: Makes 6 litres

Nutrition (1 cup (250 mL))

Calories 128 ;
Protein 5 g;
Fat 2 g;
Carbohydrates 23 g;
Sodium 457 mg;
Saturated Fat 0 g;
Cholesterol 0 mg;
Potassium 389 mg;
Fibre 5 g;
2 cshort pasta of your choice, cooked500 mL
2 tbspcanola oil30 mL
6garlic cloves, minced6
2large carrots, chopped2
3celery stalks, chopped3
1large yellow onion, chopped1
1 tbspthyme leaves, finely chopped15 mL
1bay leaf1
1 - 19 ozcan white kidney or great northern beans, rinsed and drained540 mL
1 - 19 ozcan red kidney beans, rinsed and drained540 mL
1 - 19 ozcan chickpeas, rinsed and drained540 mL
1 - 19 ozcan diced tomatoes540 mL
1 cgreen cabbage, shredded250 mL
2medium zucchini, chopped2
8 creduced sodium chicken or veggie broth2 L
1 tbsppepper15 mL

1) Cook pasta according to directions on package. Cook until al dente, drain and toss with half the oil. Set aside.
2) In a large saucepan, heat remaining oil on high. Add garlic and sauté until golden. Lower heat to medium and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook until soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaf and raise heat to high. Add beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini and bay leaf. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
3) Lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, skimming foam from top.
4) Season with pepper and remove bay leaf. Add cooked pasta and enjoy!