MealsFebruary-March 2017

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup

Makes 6 servings of gluten-free minestrone soup!

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup

Photography by Beth Hillson

This thick gluten-free Italian soup is chock-full of vegetables, gluten-free pasta and white cannellini beans. Enjoy it as a filling lunch or add gluten-free rolls or biscuits for dinner in a bowl. For best results, cook the gluten-free pasta separately and add it to the soup just before serving.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 slices turkey bacon, chopped
2 cups finely chopped leeks (about 1 large leek)
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 large zucchini, diced (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon freeze-dried or fresh chopped basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, drained and chopped
6 cups gluten-free chicken broth or Almost Homemade Chicken Broth, more as needed
1 cup frozen green peas
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup raw gluten-free elbow pasta
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese of choice, optional
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, for garnish, optional

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey bacon and cook until pieces begin to brown, about 2 minutes. Add leeks and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add celery, carrots and potato and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in zucchini, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook 1 minute.

2. Add tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

3. Stir in peas and beans and cook until vegetables are fork tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add elbow pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain.

5. Divide pasta among 6 bowls and ladle hot soup over pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil, if desired.

Each serving contains 390 calories, 9g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 6mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 10g sugars, 19g protein, 28Est GL.

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