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     Alphabet Minestrone

Category   Salads - Soups - Sidedishes
Sub Category   Low-fat
Servings   4 servings
Preptime   45 minutes

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed through a press
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup sliced zucchini
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green beans, halved
5 ounces diced all-purpose potato
2 oz drained, cooked chick-peas
3/4 oz alphabet pasta
1 tsp fennel seeds
3/4 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp dried oregano
3/4 grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the oil until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add the broth, tomatoes, zucchini, carrot, celery, green beans, potato, chich-peas, pasta, fennel seeds, basil, and oregano, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer ntil the pasta and vegatables are cooked through, 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the Parmeasean cheese and serve hot. Serveing size- 1 3/4 cups
Weight Watchers- 1 fat, 1/2 protein, 2 vegetables, 1/2 bread, 30 optonal calories. Nutrition Information- 202 calories, 8g protein, 8g fat, 24g carbohydrate, 4 mg cholesterol, 310 mg sodium.

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