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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.



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1 Tbs. olive oil
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½ tsp. dried oregano
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½ tsp. dried basil
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1 medium onion, diced (1 ½ cups)
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1 large or 2 medium carrots, sliced into rounds (1 cup)
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3 stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
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6 cloves garlic, minced (2 Tbs.)
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½ cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
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1 15-oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
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1 cup fresh or frozen peas or green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
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2 Tbs. white wine vinegar


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.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
19 g
0 mg
359 mg
4 g
4 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Great recipe! I use slightly less onion and slightly less vinegar, but it has a fabulous flavor.

Thank you Sharon, I was just looking to see if anyone used a slow cooker. I am going to do that right now.

This has become one of our favorite soups. It's also one of the only recipes I've made that actually ended up looking like the picture. ****

I've made this soup twice already and I'll be making it for the third time now..it is soo yummy and simple to make. You don't even need to add salt! (:

I agree-- this is tasty enough that you don't have to add salt.

Sounds good too...

Really? The 2 Tbs. of white vinegar was very very strong. No one else felt this way?

Jennie: I think it could be the difference between white vinegar and white wine vinegar that is throwing things off for you. I used apple cider vinegar, and I barely notice the flavor. But this soup just seems bland to me, even when I don't boil it.

Great Soup and soo filling! I added a can of stewed tomatoes though, just for color and more flavor. Delicious!

Delicious! My only change was to use low sodium veggie broth instead of the water. And like Alice said, white wine vinegar is very different. Really gave a great flavor to it.

so good! i switched one of the white wine tbs with sweet balsamic, and it seemed to add great flavor.

I agree with Beth -- VT recipes always taste great, but don't always bear any resemblance to the photo, but this soup does! It's so easy to put together, super fast, and really, really delicious. (And yeah, it's white WINE vinegar!) I also add a little bit of spinach in the last few minutes.

Very delicious! I also use low sodium veggie broth instead of the water. I thought the white vinegar gave it a nice kick! My husband loved it, he is not a vegetarian.

This soup was absolutely delicious. I doubled the amount of oregano and basil, substituted the sun-dried tomatoes with a can of chopped tomatoes (including the juice) and also substituted 1 TBSP of white wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, as recommended by Kiki. It was scrumptious!

This soup is amazing. It's my favourite soup and my 16-month old son's favourite meal!

very high in sodium!!! I would not use the white wine vinegar - no oil. ALL fresh herbs, as well as fresh veggies. No can'd veggies - thats were the extra salt comes from. I make my home made soup in a crock pot. Cook slow for 6-8 hrs serve with home made wheat bread.

Delicious and so fast to make. I've made it twice now. Last time, on the second day, I broke up and added a piece of very stale baquette and sprinkled on some nutritional yeast. Either as is, or made heartier with the baquette and nutritional yeast or parmesan slices, this is a great recipe.

This is my family's favourite soup!!! It's amazing.

This soup is delicious! It even appealed to my non-veg husband. He said he didn't even miss the meat!

what's the liquid and how much?