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Chunky Minestrone

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
1 medium carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 14-1/2-ounce cans low-sodium tomatoes, undrained and cut up
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup long-grain rice
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
4 cups shredded fresh spinach
1 15-ounce can reduced-sodium navy beans or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onion, carrot, and garlic in hot oil about 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in the broth, undrained tomatoes, water, uncooked rice, and Italian seasoning.

2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in the spinach, beans, zucchini, and pepper. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes more. If desired, sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese. Makes five 1-3/4-cup servings.

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