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Easy Minestrone Soup

Healthy Facts:

  • Lycopene and vitamin C in tomatoes are powerful antioxidants that promote health and healthy vision
  • Sulfides in garlic fight the effects of oxidative stress and improve iron absorption
  • Zucchini is full of water and fiber, making it a low-calorie food perfect for weight control
  • Folate and iron in red kidney beans boost energy and help prevent anemia
  • Vitamin K in cabbage helps the body absorb vitamin D

40 Min Cook Time |20 Min Prep Time | Serves 8|352 Calories per Serving


  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 14.5-ounce can garlic-and-herb-flavored diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup string beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 dash black pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 19-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini (small, tube-shaped pasta), cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup grated low-salt Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese (optional)
  • 1 dash salt

What You Need

  • Large stock pot with lid
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Colander

How To Make It

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and Italian seasoning. Cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Add the zucchini, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes and string beans. Stir in the water.
  4. Add red kidney beans, ditalini pasta and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  5. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes or until the pasta and veggies are tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with cheese, if desired.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.