Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is an Italian soup, typically vegetarian, that is a very healthy and wholesome meal option for people of all age groups. The common ingredients include pasta/rice, beans and vegetables but it does not have a fixed set of ingredients giving us the option of using the vegetables of our choice or what is available seasonally. It is also a great way to use leftover pasta, pasta sauce (tomato based) or chicken broth.

Minestrone soup

Ingredients:

Pasta, raw – 1 cup
Onion, finely chopped – 1 cup
Zucchini – 1
Potato – 1
Garlic cloves, finely chopped – 3
Red/white kidney beans, cooked – 1 and 1/2 cups
Pasta sauce/ marinara sauce – 1 cup
Chicken broth – 2 cups
Parmesan cheese, grated – 4 tbsp
Oil – 3 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste

Minestrone soup ingredients

 

Yield: 4 servings

Method:

  • Cook pasta al dente and set aside
  • Dice the potato and cut the zucchini into semi-circle pieces
  • Heat oil in a pot, and add the garlic and onion. saute for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add the potato and zucchini. Sprinkle with some salt and black pepper and saute on medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Add the pasta sauce, chicken broth, additional salt if needed and a cup of water
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes until the vegetables are nicely cooked
  • Add the pasta and beans and cook with the lid open for another 5 minutes. You can add more water if needed depending on how thick or thin you like your soup
  • Transfer to serving bowls and top with a tablespoon of Parmesan per bowl
  • Tastes best when hot and even better when served with some breadsticks

Note:

  1. I have used Orecchiette pasta but you can use any small shaped pasta
  2. I have used leftover pasta sauce but you can also use fresh homemade marinara sauce (see recipe here) or just crushed fresh tomatoes in which case you will need to add some herbs like dried oregano, basil and thyme
  3. I have used one cup of thick pasta sauce. If your sauce is not as thick, you can increase the quantity to get the right flavor
  4. You can substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth

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