Thursday, March 7, 2019

Minestrone Soup



Minestrone Soup



Homemade Minestrone Soup - the perfect easy comforting meal on a chilly day. Best of all, this classic stove-top recipe is hearty & full of fresh vegetables and beans.

Ingredients
  •  1 small onion , about 1/3 cup, diced
  •   2 cloves garlic , minced
  •   1 medium carrot (about 1 cup) , chopped
  •   1 large celery stalk (about 1 cup) , chopped
  •    2 teaspoons dried basil
  •   1 teaspoon dried oregano
  •   3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  •   1 32 oz can diced tomatoes , (I usually use fire-roasted or Italian-style)
  •   3 tablespoons tomato paste
  •   1 bay leaf
  •   1 (32 oz carton - 4 cups) low sodium vegetable brot
  •  1 medium zucchini (around 2/3 cups) , sliced into halves or quarters
  • 1/4 cup canned or cooked red kidney beans , drained and rinsed (leave out for        paleo & low carb)
  •  1/4 cup canned or cooked cannellini beans, chickpeas OR great northern beans , drained and rinsed (leave out for paleo & low carb)
  •   water - add only as much as needed to cover vegetables
  •  1/4 cup dried small shell pasta , (use gluten free if necessary)(leave out for paleo & low carb and add chopped cauliflower & green beans instead))
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach chopped , optional
  •  1/2 - 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar , optional but adds great flavor
  • Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese , for serving
  • Fresh parsley finely chopped , for garnish (optional)


Instructions
  1.   In a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2.    Add onions, garlic, carrots and celery and saute for about 4 minutes, or until     vegetables are slightly softened.
  3.    Add basil, oregano and thyme and cook for an additional 1 minute. Add the diced     tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, vegetable broth and both of the beans. Depending   on how large your pot is, add just enough water to cover the vegetables.
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