Light Yet Delicious Summertime Meal
Abruzzo Summer Minestrone
Summer, the heat, and warm nights are here. Here is an idea for a light, yet delicious midsummer soup.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 white or yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 cups roughly chopped Swiss chard leaves
4 ounces small pasta shells (about 1 heaping cup)
4 ounces green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
One 16-ounce jar tomato and sausage pasta sauce
One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 yellow summer squash, sliced into half-moons
1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
Melt the butter in the oven set over medium-high heat. Add carrots, garlic and onions and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Stir in the chicken broth, chard, pasta, green beans, oregano, pasta sauce, cannellini beans, squash, zucchini, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons salt and several grinds of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Divide among 6 bowls and top with the torn basil and Parmesan.