Soup Time

It’s definitely soup time. And with the recipe below soup can be the main event.

A big bowl of steaming hot soup is so nourishing. To me, soup prep time is a good time to clean out the fridge of all the bits and pieces of vegetables and certain leftovers that could go into a pot of soup, like kale leaves, mushrooms, peppers etc.

Soup is filling and at that same time delivers lots of nutrients and fiber and is usually low calorie if you stay away from the cream soups. I prefer broths loaded with veggies and beans.

This recipe for Minestrone Soup will not disappoint.

MINESTRONE SOUP (all of my ingredients are organic and gluten free)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow potato, diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 cups veggie broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tsp salt, more to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cups spinach, kale or chard leaves torn in to small pieces.
  • 4 ounces brown rice macaroni noodles or noodles of your choice
  • grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large pot on medium high heat. Add in diced onion, celery, carrots and potatoes. Saute for 3-5 minutes or until onions soften. (You could also add a pound of ground turkey or beef at this point and sauté along with the veggies until cooked through)
  2. Pour in crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium low for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add in the green beans, spinach and pasta. Cook uncovered for 8-12 more minutes or until beans and pasta are tender.

Serve this delicious, nutritious minestrone with a side of garlic toast and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It is a meal in itself, especially if you’ve added ground turkey or beef, so there is no need to have anything else on the side. But if you need something more then it’s a perfect time to make that big green salad you try to get into your daily nutrition.

Enjoy!

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