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Over The Rainbow Minestrone

Recipe By: Taste of Home


-1 medium yellow summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices

-1 medium red or yellow pepper, finely chopped

-1 medium carrot, finely chopped

-2 garlic cloves, minced

-1 medium red onion, finely chopped

-4 Large Swiss chard or fresh baby spinach

-2 tablespoons of olive oil

-6 cups vegetable broth

-2 cans 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 1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta or small pasta shells

-1/4 cup prepared pesto


1. Cut stems from chard; chop steams and leaves separately. Reserve leaves for adding in later. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and chard stems; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a 6qt slow-cooker. 

2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, squash, pepper, carrot and garlic. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours.

3. Stir in pasta and reserve chard leaves. Cook, covered, on low until pasta is tender, 20-25 minutes longer; stir in pesto. If desired, serve with more pesto, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and basil!

4. Enjoy!