Pepperoni-Minestrone Soup

Pepperoni-Minestrone Soup is a delicious, and hearty Italian soup recipe. Ingredients include: Pepperoni, frozen soup vegetables, frozen lima beans, frozen bell peppers, tomatoes, endive, beef  broth and pasta. It is seasoned well and cooked over the stove-top. It is also a healthy, low fat, low calories, low cholesterol, low carbohydrates, low sugars, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers (4 PointsPlus), (6 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes: 6 (1-1/2 Cup) servings. Pepperoni-Minestrone Soup will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.pepperoni-minestrone-soup

Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes.
Total Time: 50 Minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup thawed, chopped fresh or frozen bell peppers
5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano (adjust to taste)
1 tsp dried thyme (adjust to taste)
2/3 cup whole-wheat elbow-roni
1 (16 oz) bag frozen mixed soup vegetables
(including potatoes, carrots, celery, onion), thawed
1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed
1 (15 oz) can garlic-onion diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup diced pepperoni
3 cups lightly packed coarsely chopped endive, tough stems removed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the bell peppers, cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add in the broth, oregano and thyme; bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook 3 minutes less than the package directions.

2. Add the soup vegetables and lima beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil until the vegetables are almost tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, pepperoni and endive; return to a boil. Adjust the heat and seasonings. Lower heat to a simmer. Simmer until the endive is just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with the black pepper and garnish with Parmesan, if desired.

Yield: 6 Servings.
Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups per serving.

Weight Watchers (4 PointsPlus), (6 SmartPoints)
Carb Choices: 1

Diet Exchange:
1-1/2 Starch + 1 Vegetable + 1/2 Meat (L) + 1/2 Fat

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 213, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 14g, Sodium: 721mg, Sugars: 3g, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 9g

Original recipe and image from: Meredith Corporation. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/minestrone_pepperoni_soup.html

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