Do-It-Yourself Minestrone Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion (about 1/2-cup chopped)
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 clove garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic flakes)
1 tablespoon pot herbs
1 14-1/2-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth (about 2 cups)
1 14-1/2-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes plus 1 can of water
1 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) or other beans, no salt added
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 cup cooked elbow macaroni
In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and pot herbs. Cook, stirring, just until onions look slightly wilted. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, water, and beans. Bring just to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes or until carrots are done. Add frozen peas and macaroni to hot soup and serve.
Each 1/2-cup serving contains about 250 calories, 10 g protein, 4 g fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, and 404 mg sodium.