banner
alive logo
foodfamilylifestylebeautysustainabilityhealthimmunity

Green Minestrone with Butter Beans and Brown Rice Fusilli

Serves 5.

    Share

    Green Minestrone with Butter-Beans and Brown Rice Fusilli

    The Italian meal-in-a-bowl gets a green makeover—something we’re all trying to do to our diets this time of year. Hearty yet light, it’s a healthy way to warm up after an afternoon of braving the cold.

    Advertisement

    Tip: This soup is highly adaptable, allowing you to use the greens that look best at the market. Try Swiss chard, kale, or arugula in place of spinach, and zucchini or cauliflower in place of fennel.

    Advertisement

    Green Minestrone with Butter Beans and Brown Rice Fusilli

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 fennel bulb, light white part only, cored and cut into thin strips
    • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
    • 6 cups (1.5 L) low-sodium vegetable broth
    • 8 oz (225 g) gluten-free brown rice fusilli, or whole grain pasta of choice
    • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked butter beans (lima beans) or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed if canned
    • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen green peas
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
    • 4 cups (1 L) baby spinach
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories403
    • protein19g
    • fat10g
      • saturated fat3g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates64g
      • sugars7g
      • fibre10g
    • sodium401mg

    Directions

    01

    In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, celery, and thyme. Sauteu0301 for 5 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta; reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, stirring often for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Stir in beans, peas, and lemon juice; cook until heated through. Immediately before serving, stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cheese.

    Advertisement
    Ad
    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    READ THIS NEXT

    SEE MORE »
    Strawberry Carpaccio
    Greek Turkey Burger Bites

    Greek Turkey Burger Bites

    Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.