Hearty Meatless Minestrone

 

Hearty Meatless Minestrone
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3½ cups water
  • 2 cans (14½ oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato puree
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes.
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup small pasta shells
  • Fresh basil leaves and shaved Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, green pepper, zucchini and garlic; saute 3 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in the water, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce puree, tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in pasta; cook 12 to 15 minutes longer or until tender. Garnish each serving with basil and cheese if desired.

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