Pasta Fagioli

[Food Tip: Fagioli is a classic Italian soup made up of pasta, beans, and vegetables]

Serve with a crisp green salad.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped

1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped

1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups fat-free chicken broth

1 cup Ditali pasta (Small tube-shaped pasta)

1 (9-ounce) can of red kidney beans, drained

1 (9-ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained

2 tablespoons basil, chopped

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

1/4 cup low-fat Parmesan cheese, grated



1) In a heavy Dutch oven or sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and saute for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, and add pasta. Cook  for about 8 minutes, or until pasta is done. Add beans, basil, and spinach, reduce heat, and simmer until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper. *May add more chicken broth to increase volume of soup. Ladle into soup bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 444 Calories; 12 percent fat (5.9 grams); 1 gram saturated fat; 24 percent protein; 64 percent carbohydrate; 19 grams fiber.


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