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Monday, February 1, 2010

Minestrone with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Beans

Ok, I’m starting out my healthy eating posts bent with several recipes I’ve tried from the latest (February 2010) issue of Vegetarian Times.  Even though I’m not a strict vegetarian, I am a huge fan of Veg Times.  I’ve had a subscription since 1993, and this may be one of their best issues yet.  (Of course, that might be because of my newfound interest in healthy eating—who knows?)

The first on the list is a soup that we liked so much that I’ve made it twice already!  It’s delicious, takes less than half an hour to get on the table, and has only 113 calories per one-cup serving.  What’s not to like?

Minestrone with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Beans
Adapted from Vegetarian Times Feb 2010 issue
(Vegan & Gluten Free)
2 WW points per 1 cup serving
Yield 4 cups

1 Tbs olive oil (Oil from the jar of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes adds a lot of flavor)

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

1 ½ cups diced onion (That’s about one medium onion)

1 cup sliced carrots (One or two carrots?)

1 cup sliced celery (Three stalks?)

2 Tbs minced garlic (Six cloves?)

½ cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes (I used oil-packed, dry is fine.)

15-oz canned Cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup fresh or frozen green peas

2 Tbs. white wine vinegar

  1. In a three-quart saucepan, heat your oil then put your dried herbs in to sizzle for about half a minute.
  2. Add the carrots, and let them cook for a minute or two; then add the onion and celery. Cover and cook until the onion is translucent.
  3. Throw in the minced garlic and let it sizzle for less than a minute.  (In the original VT recipe, they threw the veggies in at once, but our carrots wound up being really crispy in the first batch.  I also worry about burning my garlic, so I always add it last.)
  4. Add the sliced sun-dried tomatoes and cook 5 minutes more.
  5. Add the beans, a quart of water, and a little salt and pepper.
  6. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to about medium-low, and cook in a low simmer for about 10 minutes.  (I think my stove is wonky, because it frequently doesn’t simmer on the burner settings they suggest.  Just keep an eye on it and make sure that you’re still getting small bubbles and lots of steam.  You don’t want a rolling boil, but make sure you’re simmering.)
  7. Add the peas, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes more.
  8. Stir in vinegar, then taste for seasonings.  Add salt and pepper if needed.

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