Summer Minestrone - Phases 1 and 3 (Vegan)

Summer Minestrone
Phase 1 and 3
Makes 4 servings protein

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (phase 3 only)
2 small onions, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 bunch turnip greens, chopped
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 medium ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 medium zucchini or yellow squashes, or a combination, diced
2 cups cannellini beans or white beans, cooked and drained
5 cups veggie or chicken stock
Fresh basil leaves, for serving

Heat the oil (if using) in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery; cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add green beans and tomatoes. Season with 2 teaspoons salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until beans and tomatoes start to soften, 5 minutes.

Add zucchini, stock, and beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until all vegetables are softened, about 25 minutes, adding turnip greens in last 2 minutes of cooking. Taste- then season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, with fresh basil, or freeze up to 3 months (without basil).

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