Our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe is flavorful, colorful, and perfect for wintertime! There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of minestrone soup in my hands. The aromas, colors, and flavors just make my heart so happy. It’s filled with fabulous nutrition like carrots, celery, onions, green beans, white corn, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes! I love it! It’s very simple to convert to a vegan recipe, if you prefer, and our recipe gives those options too. Hearty Minestrone Soup may have it’s roots in Italy but it’s a well loved soup recipe in the states and around the world! Enjoy 🙂
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Ingredients in our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe
- Basic Mirepoix: Which is a combination of 50% onions, 25% carrots, 25% celery. It’s the flavor base of most soups that you make. It’s a standard in the culinary arts and is traditionally the first ingredients into the pot. It is then cooked for 6-8 minutes until softened.
- Tomatoes- antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
- Olive Oil- is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest oils. In fact, people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory properties, may help prevent strokes, protective against heart disease.
- Red Kidney and Garbanzo Beans- Beans and legumes are some of the most underrated foods on the planet. They are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins and many other important vitamins and minerals. There is good evidence that they can help reduce blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels and help maintain a healthy gut.
- Yellow Corn- Because of the high fiber content, it can aid with digestion. Corn also provides our bodies with essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. Corn is a good source of the antioxidants carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health.
- Green Beans- green beans a nice, crunchy, low-calorie food but also they provide many key nutrients. Young, tender green beans are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K and silicon (needed for healthy bones, skin, and hair).
- Vegetable Broth- abundant with phytochemicals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vital minerals found in the vegetables, herbs and spices that work together to help fight disease.
Of course, Minestrone Soup is from Italy!
• Minestrone is part of what is known in Italy as cucina povera (literally “poor kitchen”) meaning poorer people’s cuisine. Due to its unique origins and the absence of a fixed recipe, minestrone is not particularly similar across Italy: it varies depending on traditional cooking times, ingredients, and season.
• In Italy, minestrone varies by season and by region: In the northern region of Lombardy, Negrin says, minestrone might include pasta and winter squash; farther south, in Tuscany, cannellini beans and cabbage or kale; in the coastal city of Genoa in the northwestern region of Liguria, it would be finished with pesto
• Along with many other delicious pizza and pasta dishes, minestrone originated in Italy. The name minestrone means “big soup” thanks to the multitude of veggies that are thrown in.
Enjoy our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe and these vegetarian recipes too!
- 1 large onion, medium diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3-4 carrots, sliced into rounds
- 3 celery stalks, sliced into 1/4 inch sections
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or cashew butter
- 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
- 1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 (16 ounce) yellow corn, drained
- 1 (16 ounce) green beans, drained
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 3 cups cooked pasta for serving
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large stock pot over medium high, heat olive oil.
- Once reaches the smoke point add onions, saute until lightly browned.
- Add garlic; cook stirring 1 minute.
- Add vegetable broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, dried spices, carrots, and celery; bring to simmer.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
- Add all canned items and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add fresh herbs, cooked pasta, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy your Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 685mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 10g
Miss Nichole is here for Fit Friday!
Throughout our lives we are presented with opportunities for growth. Sometimes those growth moments/lessons come easily and are presented in ways that make growth fun. Sometimes those growing opportunities come with struggle. All of them should require some work, some effort, for you can’t work without work effort.
This month I am focusing on the word growth with my classes. We are remembering that growth takes effort and work. Part of our monthly challenge is to take 10 minutes a day to either meditate or read something that is uplifting and inspiring. These 10 minutes will allow for some time to reflect on personal growth.
For Fit Friday this week I come with a workout and a challenge. Take this workout and push yourself beyond your what you think you can do. Push yourself into growth.
Dish up a bowl of our Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe this weekend!
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