Dill Minestrone Soup

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
35 min

4 servings

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup small pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 8 cups precut mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Paprika, for topping
  • Whole-wheat rolls, for serving (optional)
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, then drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a bowl; drizzle lightly with olive oil and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, Canadian bacon, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and half of the dill and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and slightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Add the mixed vegetables and 1/4 cup water to the pot; cover and cook until beginning to soften, 4 minutes. Add the broth, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a high simmer and cook, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, 12 to 15 more minutes. Stir in the pasta and the remaining dill; season with salt and pepper.

  • Divide the soup among bowls. Top with the sour cream and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with rolls.

  • Per serving: Calories 403; Fat 15 g (Saturated 5 g); Cholesterol 53 mg; Sodium 1,145 mg; Carbohydrate 47 g; Fiber 9 g; Protein 21 g

  • Photograph by Christopher Testani

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