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Active time
20 minutes
Total time
30 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1 1/2 cups

1 small fennel bulb, untrimmed

1 tsp. olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups organic low-sodium vegetable broth

2 ounces whole wheat medium-sized pasta, such as wagon wheels or rotini (½ cup)

1 ½ cups reduced sodium spicy vegetable juice

1 14.5 oz can organic fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes, undrained

1 15 or 16 oz can organic no-salt-added navy beans, drained

½ cup frozen organic peas

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

½ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

  1. Cut off and reserve 2 tablespoons feathery fennel fronds for garnish. Chop enough fennel bulb to yield 1 cup. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped fennel; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Add broth and pasta; then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in vegetable juice, diced tomatoes, beans, peas, and if desired, pepper flakes. Return to a simmer; cook 10 minutes or until pasta and fennel are tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle into shallow bowls; top with fennel fronds and feta cheese.

Tips and Substitutions: Chicken broth may replace the vegetable broth. Cannellini or great northern beans may replace the navy beans, and goat cheese may replace the feta cheese.

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Calories: 320
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Sodium: 770mg
Carbohydrate: 52g
Fiber: 12g
Total Sugars: 12g (Added Sugar: 0g)
Protein: 16g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

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