Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

2 qt. tomatoes, canned
1 qt. water
2 onion, large, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1/4 c. barley, uncooked
3 carrots, raw, diced
1 c. okra, raw, diced
2 c. green beans, fresh, cut into bite size pieces
2 c. zucchini, fresh, diced
1 lg. potato, diced
1 16-oz. can pinto beans
1 16-oz. can white northern beans
1 16-oz. can black beans
2 T. Italian seasoning
garlic powder to taste
7 imitation chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 c. mini pasta shells-or favorite pasta, vegetable or whole grain

Directions:

In a large soup pan, combine tomatoes, water, onions, celery, and barley. Bring to a boil and slow boil until barley is tender. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, adding water as needed. Simmer approx. 1-2 hrs. until vegetables are tender. Add pasta 15 min. before cooking is complete.

Yields: 12-14cups

Nutritional Information:

per cup:
calories: 158; fat: 0.8 grams; saturated fat: 0.1 grams; sodium: 261 milligrams; carbohydrates: 32 grams; dietary fiber: 9 grams; protein: 8 grams.