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3-Bean Tortellini Minestrone


PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES


Courtesy of Joy of Eating

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3-Bean Salad

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 3 peeled garlic cloves, minced

  • Salt

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 small carrots, trimmed, peeled and diced

  • 2 celery stalk, trimmed and diced

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 9 to 10 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • Jarred pesto, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Makes 6 servings (approx. 2 cups each).

  1. Drain and rinse bean salad; set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onions and garlic with a pinch of salt and saute until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in dried herbs and black pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, celery and zucchini with another pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir in canned tomatoes. Add Parmesan rind, if using. Cook on medium heat about 10 minutes, until most of the tomato juice has evaporated. Pour in vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Add tortellini; cook 2 minutes or just until tender. Stir in bean salad and spinach. Cook 2 to 3 minutes to heat through.

  4. Season with additional salt and black pepper, as desired. Serve immediately, garnished with a dollop of pesto, if desired.


NUTRITION INFORMATION

Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 360 calories; 10g protein; 33g carbohydrate; 22g fat; 650mg sodium; 15mg cholesterol; 7g dietary fiber; 6.87mg iron; 0.05mg thiamin; 5203.71IU vitamin A; 21.55mg vitamin C.

Cheesy German Potato Soup


PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 15-20 MINUTES

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 15-20 MINUTES


Recipe courtesy of Today's Creative Life

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 slices bacon, sliced into pieces
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ Salads German Potato Salad
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Chopped parsley or chives (optional)

Directions

Makes 8 (1-1/2 cup) servings.

  1. Place cheeses in gallon-size zip top bag. Add flour. Close bag. Shake until all cheese is covered with flour; set aside.
  2. In large Dutch oven, cook bacon pieces over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; set aside for garnish. 
  3. Pour off all but 2 to 3 tablespoons bacon drippings; discard excess. Place Dutch oven back on medium heat. Add carrots, onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and carrots are softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, black pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme and parsley. Stir in German Potato Salad. Continue cooking over medium heat about 5 minutes or until potatoes are heated through, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in cream and milk. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, until blended and heated through, stirring frequently. Slowly add cheeses, stirring until melted.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with reserved bacon, and parsley or chives, if desired.

Option: Add chopped broccoli or cauliflower to soup along with chicken broth. 


Nutrition Information

Nutrition information per serving (1/8 of recipe): 470 calories; 17g protein; 29g carbohydrate; 32g fat; 870mg sodium; 90mg cholesterol; 3g dietary fiber; 1.49mg iron; 0.12mg thiamin; 6823.03IU vitamin A; 3.32mg vitamin C