Red, White, and Bean Minestrone

Staff Writer
Red, White, and Bean Minestrone
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
446
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
15%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
12%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Protein
27g
55%
Carbs
65g
22%
Vitamin A
253µg
28%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
31.9%
Vitamin C
24mg
40%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
122µg
100%
Calcium
287mg
29%
Fiber
16g
63%
Folate (food)
389µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
389µg
97%
Iron
10mg
53%
Magnesium
190mg
48%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
22%
Phosphorus
416mg
59%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
2000mg
57%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24.4%
Sodium
500mg
21%
Thiamin (B1)
0.9mg
57%
Zinc
4mg
25%