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Nutrition information Serving: 1 cup (315 grams) Servings per recipe: 16 Calories: 135 (35 from fat)
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams Fat: 4 grams (1 saturated fat, 0 trans fats) Protein: 5 grams Sodium: 131 milligrams  Total carbohydrate: 22 grams (4 fiber, 5 sugars)

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Minestrone soup

Here's a great, cholesterol-free meal you can make in advance.


1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/3 cup onion, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cup celery, coarsely chopped
1 can (6 ounces) sodium-free tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced (can use fresh or frozen)
4 3/4 cups cabbage, shredded
1 can (1 pound) tomatoes, cut up
1 cup canned red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans
dash hot sauce
11 cups water
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked


  1. Heat oil in 4-quart sauce pan. Add garlic, onion and celery, and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except macaroni. Stir until ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Bring to boil and reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add uncooked macaroni and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until macaroni is tender.


Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Pregnancy & Parenting eMagazine, Accepting physical changes: Month 2

First published: 12/08/2006
Last updated: 09/16/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department