Red, White, and Bean Minestrone

Red, White, and Bean Minestrone
Staff Writer

Bush's Beans

Instead of a three-bean salad, try this three-bean soup! It's a great way for your kids to eat their vegetables.

For more recipes, visit bushbeans.com.

8
Servings
667
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  Cup  Italian turkey sausage, in small pieces
  • 2  Tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1  Cup  chopped onion
  • 1  Cup  chopped celery
  • 2  Tablespoons  minced garlic
  • 1  Cup  chopped carrots
  • 1  Teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 16  Ounces  chopped canned tomatoes
  • 5  Cups  chicken stock
  • 15.5  Ounces  cannellini beans with liquid
  • 8  Ounces  red kidney beans, drained
  • 2  Cups  zucchini cut into 6-inch pieces
  • 2  Cups  baby spinach
  • 1 1/2  Cup  baby spinach
  • 2  Tablespoons  pre-packaged pesto
  • 2  Tablespoons  fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan. Add sausage, brown well.

Add tomato paste, cook 5 minutes until brown.

Add onions, celery, garlic, carrots, and oregano. Cook until garlic is aromatic, approximately 5 minutes.

Pour into a 4-quart slow cooker. Add tomatoes and chicken stock.

Cook on low setting for 6–7 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in beans, zucchini, spinach, and cooked pasta. Cook on high setting for 8 minutes or until beans and pasta are warmed through and spinach has wilted.

To Serve: pour the soup into a bowl. Top with a little pesto and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
23%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
101mg
34%
Carbohydrate, by difference
103g
79%
Protein
28g
61%
Vitamin A, RAE
169µg
24%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
60mg
80%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
18µg
20%
Calcium, Ca
234mg
23%
Choline, total
47mg
11%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
287µg
72%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
137mg
43%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
454mg
65%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
11µg
20%
Sodium, Na
784mg
52%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Water
346g
13%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Bean Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Bean Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.