Minestrone Soup


My husband and I are trying to loose weight . So we thought lets have soup 3 days a week. So Today I prepared minestrone soup and it came up very nice and its so easy to prepare. Here are the steps to prepare :

Ingredients

3/4 finely chopped Onion

2 chopped garlic colves

2 Cans diced tomatoes

1 bay leave(optional)

1/2 tsp thyme(optional)

1 Can kidney Beans

3-4 carrots (I chopped the carrots into choppeer)

1/2 chopped cabbage

3-4 finely chopped celery

4 cups vegatble broth(optional , I used water to cook all my vegetables)

1/2 cup pasta shells

Steps

1) Heat 1 tsp Olive oil in a large saute pan and add garlic cloves and onion. Saute it for a minute and then add carrots. Cook it for 5 minutes.

2) Add finely chopped cabbage , bay leave, celery and thyme and again saute it for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes.

3) Add black pepper and pasta shells and add water and let all the vegatables cook for 40-45 minutes.

4) Mash half kidney beans and add to the pan and half as is.

5)Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired

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