Salvadoran Minestrone Soup


1 onion, washed, peeled, chopped

1 cup pipian*, washed, chopped

1 cup ayote*, washed, peeled, seeds removed, chopped

1 cup cooked white beans (rinse and drained if using canned), mashed

4 cups water

dash salt and pepper

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  1. Wash and prepare vegetables. 
  2. Boil water in a large saucepan. 
  3. Add onion, pipian, and ayote; cook until slightly firm. 
  4. Add mashed white beans, season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and stir. 
  • Top with parmesan cheese and serve with toasted whole-wheat bread. 
  • Add some fresh tomatoes, cooked pasta, and ground cooked turkey for a hearty twist to this traditional soup. 
  • Add some mixed canned or frozen vegetables. 
  • Cut off the top of a bowl shaped bread, remove the center, and pour in the soup for a fun and tasty meal. 
Nutrition Facts: 

Serving size: 1 cup 

Calories: 60

Fruits and Vegetables: 1/2 cup

Fat: 0 g

Fiber: 3 g

Sodium: 105 mg

This material was developed by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.

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