Saturday, March 23, 2013

Italian Style Vegetable Soup

Last week I made Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup inspired by a can of light Progresso soup. This week it was an Italian Style Vegetable Soup also inspired by Progresso. This has to be my favorite. I used the same base of onions, carrots, celery and garlic in both soups, but the garlic really shines in this soup. It really adds a sweetness to the soup. It was great plain but I experimented with other garnishes. Of course Parmesan is great, but parsley and lemon zest is AMAZING! It adds a bright and fresh component to the soup. So so good! The only thing I might do different next time is use mini penne pasta. The regular size was a little big for a soup spoon.

Italian Style Vegetable Soup
Serves 12; generous 1 cup serving


1-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp Italian seasoning
8 cups vegetable stock
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen green beans
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup whole wheat penne pasta
2 cups baby spinach leaves

Optional garnishes:
Parsley, chopped
Lemon zest
Parmesan cheese


Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery, sauté until onion in translucent. Add garlic; continue to sauté about a minute. Add flour and stir to combine. After flour has cook a minute, add tomato paste. When tomato paste is fragrant, add Italian seasoning, stock, tomatoes and green beans; bring to a boil. Add green peas and penne, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off heat add spinach. Serve with Parmesan or with parsley and lemon zest as a garnish.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: Calories 79.2; Total Fat 2.0 g; Saturated Fat 0.3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g; Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g; Cholesterol 0.0 mg; Sodium 857.3 mg; Potassium 239.1 mg; Total Carbohydrate 14.0 g; Dietary Fiber 2.5 g; Sugars 4.5 g; Protein 2.3 g; 2 WW PointsPlus.

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  1. wow! good work that looks so good found you on Sundays blog hop, and now a new follower come by and visit my blog at
    thanks have a great Sunday!

  2. Great garnish! Pretty and tasty. It's cold tonight and I could really use some soup. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your recipes this week.

  3. Pinned this as well ! Your recipes are great :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS Link party ! Can not wait to see what you link next week :-)

  4. This soup looks delicious, I would love a bowl of it right now. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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