Country Pasta Minestrone Soup

A healthy, hearty and filling soup to satisfy your hunger even on the coldest winter night!

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Ingredients

  • 49 oz. can of chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white (cannellini or navy) beans, drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 handfuls of Homemade Style Country Pasta
  • Grated or sliced Parmesan Cheese to top
  • Basil sprigs, garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, sage, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add Homemade Style Country Pasta.
  4. In a saute pan, melt 3 Tbsp. of butter and add chopped carrots and zucchini.
  5. Saute for about 4 minutes then add celery and onion.
  6. Saute for another 2 minutes, add 2 cloves minced garlic and stir.
  7. Top with fresh chopped spinach. Let warm, then add entire vegetable mixture to the soup.
  8. Continue soup at a rolling boil until pasta is cooked to your desired bite (total time for pasta to cook is around 18-20 minutes).
  9. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and basil sprigs.
  10. Serve with garlic toast.

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