Baby, it’s cold outside and that means it’s soup weather! So, over the course of the next few weeks, you will find me sharing my favorite soup recipes!
Today, I am making a family favorite – Minestrone!
So, what is Minestrone Soup?
Minestrone is an Italian soup which is basically made with beans, veggies, and pasta. Throw in some broth and you’re done!
There is really no set recipe for minestrone since it is usually made with whatever veggies are in season – or in my case, whatever I have in my pantry!
The great thing about Minestrone Soup is that it so versatile! It can be vegetarian, or it can contain meat. You can also make it with veggies and opt for a meat stock/broth such as my homemade chicken bone broth!
It’s hearty enough that you can eat it alone, or you can serve it with some garlic bread or dinner rolls.
You’ll also find that it’s great paired with a salad – such as a salad of mixed greens or a simple Caesar Salad.
You can even pair it with a tasty grilled cheese sandwich!
So, with all that said, let’s get started!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- ¾ cup diced onion
- ½ cup sliced celery
- ½ cup carrots, quartered and sliced
- 1 zucchini quartered and sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 – 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups broth – veggie or chicken
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
- 1 – 15oz can small white beans – drained and rinsed
- 1 – 15oz can kidney – drained and rinsed
- ½ cup green beans
- ½ cup small shell pasta
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Let’s put it all together:
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and zucchini to the pot, and cook until the veggies are tender. About 3-5 minutes.
- Next, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Season the veggies with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and seasoning and bring to a simmer.
- Now you want to add in the beans – both kinds – along with the pasta, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta and veggies are tender.
- Taste and see if you need to add in some more salt and pepper to taste.
- Next, you want to add in the spinach leaves and cook until they’re wilted.
- Sprinkle on the parsley and serve!
- If when making this soup and it comes out a little bland, try adding some vegetable broth. If this isn’t to your liking, try adding in a few different herbs and seasonings. Ground paprika, turmeric, nutmeg, ground ginger are a few to start with because these seasonings seem to bring out the best flavor in soups! Simply add them to your liking and enjoy!
- Try making this soup in the slow cooker. The longer it cooks, the more the flavors come out of the food and into the soup!
- You can use fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried veggies, which you can get here!
Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!