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Minestrone Soup – Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.



Happy Sunday, buddy! How are you? Things going your way? I hope so!!

I’m giving you a big fat winter hug in the form of soup! This is what you eat when you want to keep warm, feel full AND be satisfied. 

Friends, I’m on a soup-bender and I don’t want to stop. It’s bad. Just ask the people that live with me. I’ve been serving soup thrice a week for the past 2 months.

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

BUT, I swear this isn’t the same old Minestrone Soup that it appears to be. I swear! I know it looks like any other Minestrone, but it’s not.
Maybe it is, but I think mine is better. Is that obnoxious or what?! But, really, mine is finger-lickin’ good. I can eat a loaf of bread with it and be the happiest girl, ever!

Speaking of! I have a question. Do you put beans in YOUR Minestrone?? I never have because I *think* that’s supposed to be Pasta e Fagioli. Right? I’m no Italian, so I could be wrong, but I could also be right. So… I added beans. Peer pressure!

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

In other words, this is what I like to call eating-all-the-colors, also known as “eating all the veggies left at the bottom of the crisper drawers”. Really, there is a good bit of everything in here. Plus bacon. (!!!)

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

It’s easy, it’s DELICIOUS, it’s quick, and it’s versatile. Add whatever veg you’ve got and eat up. AND if you stick to the serving size, it’s a healthy choice. I mean, if I could do one thing right now it would be to slurp up every last bit of that pot up there.

ENJOY your Sunday! XO

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Minestrone Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Katerina Petrovska
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 bacon slices , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 carrots , diced
  • 1 small zucchini , halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
  • salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme , leaves only
  • 2 cans (14-ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup whole wheat ditali pasta
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Add the onions, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and thyme; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth and the bay leaf; turn up the heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes; add uncooked pasta and continue to cook until pasta is cooked and vegetables are tender; about 10 to minutes.
  6. Add the beans and spinach; continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until beans are heated through and spinach is wilted.
  7. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  8. If soup is too thick, add a bit more vegetable broth.
  9. Remove from heat, discard bay leaf and let stand few minutes.
  10. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 7

Nutrition Facts
Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1426mg 59%
Potassium 315mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 117.4%
Vitamin C 12.3%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Responses
        1. Hi Joanne! If you have a minute, could you please share with me what calculator you used? I always use the weight watchers calculator that’s on their website, the paid version, and am still getting 7 points. :-/ Thank you!!

          1. Joanne

            I use the same points calculator on the WW app. I just figured that all of the veggies and chicken broth are zero points. I only looked up bacon which is 4 points and the ditalini which is 12 points giving a total of 16 and divided it by 6 servings which equals 3 points.

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