Summer Minestrone with Fresh Basil

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (or 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with their juice)
1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
3/4 lb. zucchini, diced
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves ( or 1 tsp. dried thyme )
8 cups water*
1 (15-oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 oz. green beans, cut into 1″ lengths
1/2 cup soup pasta, such as elbow macaroni or broken spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a large soup pot or Dutch oven and add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes, and add 1/2 tsp. salt. Continue to cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 more minutes.

Add garlic, stir together for about a minute, and stir in tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until tomatoes have cooked down, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 quarts (8 cups) water*, the turnip, zucchini, bay leaf and thyme and bring to a simmer. Add 2 tsp. salt, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in canned beans. Taste and adjust salt. Remove bay leaf.

While the soup is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the green beans. Boil 5 minutes, until just tender but still bright green. Transfer to a bowl of ice water, allow to cool and drain.

Add pasta to the soup and simmer another 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked al dente. Stir the cooked green beans into the soup. Grind in fresh pepper and stir in fresh slivered basil.

Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan

  • You can use either half or all low-sodium chicken broth and reduce the amount of salt called for.

Serves 6 to 8
WW SmartPoints per 6 servings: 4
WW SmartPoints per 8 servings: 3