Nana’s (One Pot) Minestrone with Gnocchi

Nana’s (One Pot) Minestrone with Gnocchi is a delicious reminder of all things that warm your heart and are good for your soul. This Minestrone soup is like NO other. It is heart healthy, full of vibrant veggies, and delightfully filling. All Grandmothers have the same wish for their family and that is to pass on traditions and unconditional love, a passion for happiness, and for her family to be as healthy as they can possibly be.  I miss my Grandmothers very much and LOVE that my Mom/Nana has a wonderful relationship with all of her kids and grandkids. This dish is a tribute and shout out to all the great Nanas, Nonnas,Grandmas, Bom Boms, BaBas, Yayas,Mawmaws,Savtas, Geemas,Bommas, Mormors, Omas, Lolas, Memes, Oumas, Busias of the world….Enjoy!!!

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Nana's (One Pot) Minestrone with Gnocchi
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Felippo Berio Olive Oil Olive oil helps decrease the total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels
  • 4 Cloves chopped Garlic Garlic offers a variety of benefits, from cardiovascular protection, and lowering LDL levels along with triglycerides and lowering blood pressure.
  • 1 Red Onion, diced Onion is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some benefits may include reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • 3 Tri Colored Carrots, sliced Carrots' orange hue comes from beta-carotene, a compound that serves as a source of heart-healthy vitamin A. Getting enough vitamin A helps fight heart disease, according to a review published in "Heart and Circulatory Physiology" in 2008.
  • 2 Stalks Celery, sliced thin Celery is mainly water, but it is also a good source of dietary fiber.
  • 1 Can Cannellini Beans Beans are high in fiber and may lower your LDL's, bad cholesterol.
  • 1 Can No Salt Kidney Beans
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Boxes or Cans Crushed Tomatoes Tomatoes have two key nutrients that have a big impact on heart health: lycopene and potassium. Some research shows that lycopene may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
  • 1 Zucchini Zucchini is packed with beneficial nutrients including Vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. All contribute to a healthy heart by decreasing the risk of stroke, reducing high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol.
  • 1 Cup Green Beans, chopped in half Green beans contain an anti-oxidants similar to those found in green tea, also known as catechins, which can improve heart health.
  • 4 Pieces Tri colored Swisschard, chopped in 1 inch pieces Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse -- an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.
  • 1 Package Potato Gnocchi
  • 2-4 Pieces Turkey Bacon, crumbled
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried or Fresh Oregano Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body. The buildup of free radicals has been linked to heart disease.
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme A study found that an extract was able to significantly reduce heart rate in rats with high blood pressure, and it was also able to lower their cholesterol.
  • 15 Grinds Fresh Pepper
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Felippo Berio Olive Oil Olive oil helps decrease the total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels
  • 4 Cloves chopped Garlic Garlic offers a variety of benefits, from cardiovascular protection, and lowering LDL levels along with triglycerides and lowering blood pressure.
  • 1 Red Onion, diced Onion is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some benefits may include reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • 3 Tri Colored Carrots, sliced Carrots' orange hue comes from beta-carotene, a compound that serves as a source of heart-healthy vitamin A. Getting enough vitamin A helps fight heart disease, according to a review published in "Heart and Circulatory Physiology" in 2008.
  • 2 Stalks Celery, sliced thin Celery is mainly water, but it is also a good source of dietary fiber.
  • 1 Can Cannellini Beans Beans are high in fiber and may lower your LDL's, bad cholesterol.
  • 1 Can No Salt Kidney Beans
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Boxes or Cans Crushed Tomatoes Tomatoes have two key nutrients that have a big impact on heart health: lycopene and potassium. Some research shows that lycopene may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
  • 1 Zucchini Zucchini is packed with beneficial nutrients including Vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. All contribute to a healthy heart by decreasing the risk of stroke, reducing high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol.
  • 1 Cup Green Beans, chopped in half Green beans contain an anti-oxidants similar to those found in green tea, also known as catechins, which can improve heart health.
  • 4 Pieces Tri colored Swisschard, chopped in 1 inch pieces Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse -- an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.
  • 1 Package Potato Gnocchi
  • 2-4 Pieces Turkey Bacon, crumbled
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried or Fresh Oregano Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body. The buildup of free radicals has been linked to heart disease.
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme A study found that an extract was able to significantly reduce heart rate in rats with high blood pressure, and it was also able to lower their cholesterol.
  • 15 Grinds Fresh Pepper
Nana's (One Pot) Minestrone with Gnocchi
Instructions
  1. First, add olive oil, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots to a pot and sauté for a few minutes until onions and garlic are transparent.
  2. Then, microwave 4-5 pieces of turkey bacon, set aside.
  3. Next, add tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, and pepper, and veggie broth. Then bring to a slight boil and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Next, add canned beans and swisschard, green beans, and zucchini and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Then, add potato gnocchi to the pot of soup and cook for 10-15 minute. Ladle soup into a bowl and add crumbled bacon and shaved paremesan with some delicious breadsticks AND you have a wonderfully quick and heart healthy meal....Enjoy!!!
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