This is the classic Italian soup recipe (pasta and beans in a tomato base), though we've reduced the sodium and swapped in whole-grain pasta. Tailor it to your taste with anchovy and crushed red pepper as desired. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Diabetic Living Magazine


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  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer prosciutto to paper towels; let drain. Set aside.

  • Add onions, celery, carrot, and garlic to the Dutch oven; cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Stir in oregano, anchovy paste (if desired), and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, and pasta shells. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.

  • Meanwhile, use a fork to mash one can of the beans. Stir the whole and mashed beans into pasta mixture. Simmer about 5 minutes or until heated through.

  • Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Immediately ladle into serving bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan and the prosciutto.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; 5.5 g total fat; 0.8 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 490 mg sodium. 410 mg potassium; 34.9 g carbohydrates; 8.6 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 13 g protein; 2123 IU vitamin a iu; 18 mg vitamin c; 19 mcg folate; 117 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 75 mg magnesium;