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Published on June 16, 2020

Minestrone with Endive and Pepperoni

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This recipe, also from EatingWell, comes together quickly with frozen mixed soup vegetables. If you are watching your sodium, you can omit the pepperoni.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) bell peppers, any color
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat elbow noodles or other small pasta
  • 1 pound frozen mixed soup vegetables (including potatoes, carrots, celery, onion), thawed
  • 1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 3 cups lightly packed, coarsely chopped curly endive or chard, tough stems removed
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add broth, oregano, and thyme and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions.
  2. Add mixed vegetables and lima beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the vegetables are almost tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, pepperoni, and endive (or chard) and return to a boil. Adjust the heat and simmer until the endive (or chard) is just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with pepper and garnish with cheese, if desired.
  3. Makes 6 servings with 213 calories, 7 g fat, 28 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, and 721 mg sodium.

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