Minestrone with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Beans
It's hard to believe this hearty soup is nearly all vegetables. Our minestrone (minus the pasta) is rich in dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates that help balance blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol.
1. Heat oil in 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add oregano and basil, and stir 30 seconds. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cover, and cook 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
2. Add sun-dried tomatoes, and cook 5 minutes more. Add white beans and 4 cups water, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Add peas, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes more. Stir in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.