Minestrone

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white and green parts, white halved lengthwise, rinsed and thinly sliced, green parts chopped
2 ribs celery with leaves, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups Swiss chard, chopped
1 cup green beans, cut into 1″ pieces
1/4 cup whole wheat ditalini or small shell pasta
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup sliced zucchini
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 sprigs oregano, for garnish

Instructions
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, celery, minced garlic, dried oregano, pepper, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the broth, Swiss chard, green beans, and pasta. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta is al dente.

Meanwhile, in a cup, combine the chopped garlic with the parsley. Stir into the soup along with the zucchini. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Ladle the soup into 4 bowls and top each with 1 teaspoon of the cheese. Garnish with the oregano sprigs.

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Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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