This soup combines everything from your garden (or the produce aisle) in late summer--green beans, zucchini, squash, tomato, peppers and basil. While many minestrone recipes are vegetarian, some include slow-cooked pork or beef. We skip that step--and the time it adds--by using a flavorful jarred sauce that includes simmered sausage and peppers.
Melt the butter in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Stir in the chicken broth, chard, pasta, green beans, oregano, pasta sauce, cannellini beans, squash, zucchini, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons salt and several grinds of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Divide among 6 bowls and top with the torn basil and Parmesan.
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