This high-fiber, nourishing, vegetarian soup is easy to prepare on a stove-top or in a slow cooker, such as a crock-pot.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Extra Time: 45 mins
(if pre-cooking dry beans) (allow 3-8 hrs total cooking time for slow cooker)
Yield: 8 x 1 1/2 cup servings
Heat vegetable broth and onion to boiling in large saucepan. Add pasta, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
Add beans and vegetables to saucepan; simmer, covered, until broccoli is tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in herbs and garlic; season with salt and pepper.
Serve, sprinkled lightly with cheese.
Note: Any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.
SLOW-COOKER METHOD, USING DRY BEANS: To the slow cooker, add broth, onion, pasta, dry beans, vegetables and parsley. Stir. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high temperature, or 6 to 8 hours on low (times may vary according to the slow cooker). For fullest flavor while cooking in a slow cooker, add the basil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper at the beginning of the last hour (if preferred, seasonings can be added earlier). Serve, sprinkled lightly with cheese.