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This hearty, fresh version of the popular Italian soup is packed with vegetables, beans, and flavor -- and takes a mere 10 minutes in the microwave.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2006


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces green beans, stem ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup couscous
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a 3-quart microwave-safe dish, place oil, carrots, bell pepper, green beans, and garlic; stir to coat. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

  2. Add couscous, broth, tomato paste, navy beans, 1 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Cover; microwave on high until vegetables and couscous are tender, 5 minutes. If desired, stir in parsley, and garnish with cheese.

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  • MM3939
    27 DEC, 2014
    This is a great recipe for the day after Christmas when you've been eating too much rich food. The couscous is a nice touch. I used vegetable broth and tomato puree left over from another recipe. The flavors are nice and fresh. I wish there were a way to save Martha Stewart recipes like on the New York Times cooking site.
  • kozmonaut
    1 MAR, 2009
    definitely need to cook on the stove and add spice. siracha works well.
  • MS11140572
    11 JAN, 2009
    I thought this was flavorless and blah. Won't make again.
  • blaukehlchen
    20 NOV, 2008
    Quick and tastes much better than canned, that is, vegetables aren't mushy and flavorless. Took a little longer in my wimpy microwave. Easy to make and seemingly impossible to mess up. Good recipe to use remaining canned or boxed chicken broth. I used frozen green beans b/c fresh are out of season here. Highly recommend using the parsley and good Parmesan cheese. I am never going back to canned minestrone.