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Mediterranean Pasta Soup

Prep and cook time: 25 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 16 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (short tube-shaped macaroni)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

Equipment and supplies:

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife for chopping
  • Large stock pot

What to do:

  1. Heat olive oil in pot over medium heat. (Be sure to get an adult's help when using the stove.)
  2. Add onion and sauté until lightly browned.
  3. Add water and next 6 ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add pasta and cook additional 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender but not overcooked.
  6. Stir in parsley.

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

  • 230 calories
  • 13g protein
  • 3.5g fat
  • 0g sat. fat
  • 39g carbohydrate
  • 8g fiber
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 290mg sodium
  • 8g sugars

Serves: 8

Serving size: 1 cup

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD