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Over-the-Rainbow Minestrone

 Over-the-Rainbow Minestrone
This colorful soup is vegetarian-friendly and full of fresh flavors from a rainbow of vegetables. You can use any multi-colored pasta in place of the rotini. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 stalks Swiss chard (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium sweet red or yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto

Directions

  • Cut stems from chard; chop stems and leaves separately. Reserve
  • leaves for adding later. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium
  • heat. Add onion and chard stems; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until
  • tender. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • Stir in broth, tomatoes, beans, squash, pepper and carrot. Cook,
  • covered, on low 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in pasta and reserved chard leaves. Cook, covered, on low 20-25

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Over-the-Rainbow Minestrone (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Top servings with pesto.
  • Yield: 10 servings (3-3/4 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 231 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 1,015 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 9 g protein.