Cooking with Karel Anne: Main Dish Minestrone

So all these people have arrived at your house, the grand turkey has been served, consumed, and these friends and family are still here! What can you feed them?? This Main Dish Minestrone is great on the stove for Friday as you await everyone's arrival back from shopping or cutting down the tree. The fiber makes it filling without being overwhelming, and all the great vegetables make it (Shh, don't tell) really good for you, too!

Main Dish Minestrone

Serving Size : 10

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups onion -- diced
1 1/2 cups carrots -- sliced
1 cup celery -- chopped
2 garlic cloves -- minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 1/2 pounds cabbage -- coarsely chopped
15 ounces canned tomatoes
1/3 cup orzo
2 zucchini -- cut in 1/2 inch pieces
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
30 ounces red kidney beans, canned -- drained
10 ounces fresh spinach -- cut in strips
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1. In a large pot, melt butter. Sauté' onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until golden, stirring frequently, about 10-15 minutes.

2. Add broth, water, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini, orzo, salt, Worcestershire sauce, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

3. Stir in kidney beans and spinach. Simmer until the beans are heated through. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

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Per Serving: 251 Calories; 7g Fat (23.8% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 32g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 1103mg Sodium.


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