Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
This recipe was one of many in an email from the www.cookscountry.com website: Minestrone is generally not an easy undertaking, given that recipes often call for homemade stock and at least 10 kinds of chopped vegetables. This version uses frozen vegetables and supermarket chicken broth for a fast, hearty weeknight meal. Frozen zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and beans are sometimes called an "Italian Blend," and can be found in your supermarket's frozen section. Small pasta shapes such as orzo and ditalini work best.
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
- 2 onions, chopped fine
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup pasta, dry (see description)
- 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen vegetables (see description)
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaf, minced
- table salt
- ground black pepper
- Bring broth, beans and tomatoes to boil in large saucepan.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth mixture and pasta and simmer until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in vegetables and basil and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Serve with additional olive oil for drizzling.