August 02

Easy 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.

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 30 min | Total Time: 45 min | Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 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
  • 1teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (32 oz carton – 4 cups) low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium zucchini (around 2/3 cups), sliced into halves or quarters
  • 1/4 cup canned or cooked adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup canned or cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup dried small shell pasta, (use gluten-free if necessary)
  • Fresh parsley finely chopped
  • Salt&Pepper to taste

Easy Minestrone Soup nutrition and ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat 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, adzuki beans, chickpeas, bay leaf, and vegetable broth.
  4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Stir in the dried pasta shells and zucchini and cook for another 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked.
  6. Add salt and pepper as needed and fresh parsley.
  7. Serve warm.