Minestrone Soup

The weather has turned chilly so what’s a girl to do on a cold Fall night? Make Minestrone soup for dinner and enjoy it in front of the roaring fire.

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I actually eat soup quite often not just on cold nights, but I have to admit it’s usually pretty satisfying to have a warm bowl to cozy up with when its cold outside. It gives you that warmth from the inside out.

Minestrone Soup Recipe| Sprightliest.com

One reason I eat soup often is because its so quick and easy to make. Even on the busiest nights I can throw together some veggies, protein and/or carbs add in some broth and seasonings and dinner is served in no time. It’s a great way to use up leftovers, it’s low in calories and soup provides a balanced meal that comes together in one pot.
Tonight’s menu: Minestrone soup with a healthy sprinkle of fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese. Get your spoons ready!

Minestrone Soup Recipe| Sprightliest.com

Minestrone Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  2. 1 Cup Water
  3. 1 14.5 Ounce Can Green Beans, drained
  4. 1 14.5 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  5. 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
  6. 1 15 ounce Can White Beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 8 ounces of Orzo or other small pasta
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
  9. 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  12. 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  13. 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  14. 1-2 Cups Fresh Kale or Spinach
  15. Romano or Parmesan Cheese for Topping
Instructions
  1. In a large pot add broth, water, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, basil, thyme, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil over med-high heat.
  3. Stir in the Orzo or pasta, reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked through.
  4. Add in the fresh kale or spinach and cook until it is wilted.
  5. Spoon Minestrone into a serving bowl, sprinkle with Romano cheese and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you plan to have leftovers you may want to cook the pasta in a separate bowl and add it in when you are ready to eat. This will prevent the pasta from soaking up all the liquid and becoming mushy.
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