Minestrone Soup

minestrone soup
This is a recipe I had saved from Parade magazine awhile back and it was perfect for the New Year. Healthy and nice and warm on these cold days that will not go away! It's full of so many fresh veggies that you feel good eating it and tastes good so you enjoy it too.

1⁄4 cup olive oil and more for garnish
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium celery stalk, chopped
Salt and black pepper
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bunch kale or escarole, chopped
1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained
1⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a large pot, heat 1⁄4 cup oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften and darken around the edges.
2. Add potatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are nicely browned. Add 6 cups water, stirring to scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pot. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
3. Add zucchini and kale, raising heat if necessary to keep mixture at a steady bubble. Cook until vegetables are very tender, another 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper, if needed. Top with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves:6 Per Serving: 280 calories, 33g carbs, 8g protein, 13g fat, 5mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 5g fiber