Dinner Recipes

Happy Holidays Green Minestrone

Happy Holidays Green Minestrone



Happy Holidays Green Minestrone

Serves: 8


1 tablespoon Napa Valley organic olive oil
1 tablespoon water
3 medium leeks green tops trimmed diced
1 cup carrots diced
7 to 8 cups Health Valley fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup Raos homemade cavatelli pasta
1 can Progresso cannelini beans rinsed and drained
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 zucchini diced
1 yellow squash diced
1 cup green beans sliced 1/2 inch
1 cup C W frozen organic petite peas no salt added
12 asparagus spears ends trimmed sliced 1/2 inch
1 scallion green and white parts chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 tablespoon Italian parsley minced packed
1 tablespoon fresh basil minced packed
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 4 ounce bag Ready Pac baby spinach rinsed
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Zanetti grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese


Heat the oil and water in a large soup pot over low heat. Add the leeks and carrots and cover to tenderize, but not brown, about 15 minutes.

When carrots are very tender, add in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook about 6 minutes. Put in the beans, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, peas, and asparagus. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until vegetables and pasta are tender, about 8 minutes. Season with the scallion, garlic, parsley, basil, lemon zest and pepper. Let simmer a couple more minutes until ready to serve. Add spinach and allow it to wilt. Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with 2 teaspoons of grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese. Additional broth may be needed when reheating this soup.