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Rush-Hour Minestrone

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Category: Soups & Broths
Recipe Created By: Lynda Mitchell


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1/4 cup olive oil
1 carrot, sliced or diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 cup thinly sliced red potato (or chopped white potato)
1 medium tomato, diced
3 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
1/2 lb cooked chicken breast meat
to taste salt and pepper
1 cup packed fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup cooked small pasta
2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
2 tsp coarsely chopped pistachios (optional)


Heat the oil in the pot over medium high heat. Add the carrot, onion, celery, potato and zucchini. Saute 5-10 minutes or so until onions are almost translucent.

Add the tomato and broth to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil then cover with a lid and simmer 10 minutes. Add the chicken (cut into chunks or slices) and simmer 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, stir in spinach and fresh basil and precooked pasta. Let stand for about a minute until spinach and basil wilts.

Serve pasta in bowls with optional grated cheese and pistachios sprinkles on top.


Adapted from a Rush Hour Gourmet recipe.


If avoiding wheat, select wheat-free pasta.

If avoiding egg, select egg-free pasta.

If avoiding dairy, omit optional Parmesan.

If avoiding tree nuts, omit optional pistachios.

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.

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