Italian Minestrone

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Joan Lunden

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With all of these vegetables, this is a naturally low-fat soup with a hearty taste. With a nice loaf of fresh bread, it makes a great light meal.

Makes 10 cups

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 garlic cloves, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 cups Chicken Broth, Vegetable Stock, or canned reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup defrosted frozen lima beans
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or to taste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, or to taste
14-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, chopped, juice reserved
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 pound boiling potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup dried macaroni shells
3 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
3 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium leek, chopped (about 1/2 cup), rinsed well, and patted dry
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil, optional
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large kettle, cook the onion and the garlic in the oil over moderately low heat for 10 minutes. Add the broth, the water, the lima beans, and the spices. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer it for 20 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, potatoes, macaroni, carrots and celery, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the leek, zucchini, and peas, and simmer for 5 minutes or until they are just tender. Add salt and pepper to taste and the parsley or basil, if using. Serve each portion sprinkled with 2 teaspoons of the Parmesan, if desired.

Nutritional Analysis per 1-cup serving: 145 calories; 24% calories from fat; 4 grams of fat; 680 milligrams of sodium

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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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