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.

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8
Servings
848
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
17g
24%
Sugar
22g
24%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
133g
100%
Protein
40g
87%
Vitamin A, RAE
44µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
15mg
20%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
149mg
15%
Choline, total
40mg
9%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
82µg
21%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
103mg
32%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
400mg
57%
Selenium, Se
25µg
45%
Sodium, Na
2670mg
100%
Water
244g
9%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

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.