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high five veggie soup

High Five Veggie Soup

LindySez
This High Five Veggie Soup is a delicious way to eat your vegetables and it freezes beautifully.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soups, Stews & Chili, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 278 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces fusilli pasta or another short pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small red pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 14.5 – ounce cans Italian style stewed tomatoes, chopped or lightly blended
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium zucchini sliced in half lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch thick pieces
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 6 fresh basil leaves chopped or torn
  • 1 16-ounce can cannellini beans, (white kidney beans) or red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons basil flavored oil or a good fruity olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese or to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the fusilli for 6 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set-aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over low heat; add the green beans, onions, and bell pepper; sprinkle with salt, cover and allow them to sweat for 10 minutes, do not brown.
  • Add the stewed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and water; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, spinach and basil; simmer another 10 minutes.
  • Add the beans, pasta, and red pepper flakes, if using, along with some additional broth or water if the soup seems too thick; simmer 5 minutes more.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings; Ladle into warmed bowls and drizzle with the oil and give it a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. (to keep it completely vegan, omit the cheese).

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 725mgFiber: 6g
Keyword fresh vegetable soup, Italian style vegetable soup, vegetable soup, vegetarian soup
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