This vegetarian minestrone is a simple and hearty soup for those cold days. Serve with a Caesar salad and garlic toast and you have a simple, nutritious meal.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots and celery; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 6 minutes.
Stir in green beans, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper; cook for about 5 minutes. Add diced and crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth; bring to a boil. If it looks too thick, add a bit of water.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in kidney beans, cannellini beans, and macaroni; cook until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 7 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if needed.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with Parmesan-style cheese and fresh basil.
Per Serving: 293 calories; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 44.6g; fat 7.6g; sodium 893.2mg.