Halfway Blended Minestrone Soup

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Serves:2-3

By Prajakta Athalye
This recipe was sent to me a few weeks ago and I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you. It is so easy, versatile and delicious that I'm sure you will enjoy it often.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups water
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked beans of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup uncooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • freshly ground pepper
  • fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

Place the water in a large soup pot. Add tomatoes, celery, and carrots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until celery and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Add beans, chives and basil and return to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes longer, then add the pasta and simmer until pasta is tender, about another 8 minutes. Remove from heat and blend slightly using an immersion blender. (You still want to be able to see pieces of the veggies and pasta.) Ladle each serving into a bowl and garnish with a few slices of avocado, a bit of lime juice and several twists of freshly ground pepper.