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Garden Vegetable Pasta Soup

 Garden Vegetable Pasta Soup
This soup is packed with energy, yet has a nice, mild flavor. The recipe makes a whole gallon, but don't worry about leftovers—like most soups, it's great reheated!
16 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups diced turnips
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 6 ounces spinach, cut into thin strips
  • 1 pound smoked Polish sausage, thinly sliced and browned
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pasta wheels, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook onion, leeks and garlic in
  • oil until tender, about 5 minutes Add chicken broth, potatoes,
  • carrots, turnips and mushrooms. Cover and cook over low heat until
  • vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Add spinach and sausage;
  • cook for 10 minutes. Add pasta, salt and pepper; heat through. Serve
  • with Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 16 servings (1 gallon).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 250 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 893 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein.