Minestrone Soup Recipe
Minestrone is one of the most recognizable and popular Italian soups worldwide. Known for its exceptional taste and aroma, this soup is a perfect dish for Italian cuisine enthusiasts and those seeking comforting meals on cold days. Minestrone is a traditional soup that can have various variations and ingredients depending on the region in which it is prepared. However, it is always a dish designed to utilize seasonal vegetables, making it incredibly versatile. Depending on the season, you can add vegetables such as potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, green beans, peas, or zucchini to the soup, allowing for experimentation with different flavors and aromas. Minestrone is also an excellent dish for vegetarians and vegans as it typically does not contain meat while still being hearty and nutritious.
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 medium celery stalks, diced
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 2 cups chopped seasonal vegetables (potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, green beans, peas)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
- 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 bay leaves
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup orecchiette, elbow, or small shell pasta
- 1 can (15 ounces) white beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups young spinach, chopped kale, or shredded cabbage leaves
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes until the vegetables soften.
- Add tomato paste, softened seasonal vegetables, garlic, oregano, and thyme. Sauté for another 5 minutes.
- Add diced tomatoes with juice, vegetable broth, water, salt, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
- Add beans and spinach to the soup pot and cook for another 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the spinach wilts.
- Add lemon juice and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Serve with cooked pasta, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese (optional).
Minestrone is not only delicious but also a healthy soup. It is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, providing essential nutrients to our bodies. Moreover, it's a dish that can be modified and customized to suit our preferences, whether by adding our favorite vegetables or changing the type of pasta used. Regardless of the version of Minestrone you choose, one thing is certain - it will always be tasty and satisfying.
Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 57 min
Macro nutrients per 100 grams
Calories: 36 kcal
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Protein: 1.8 g
Fat: 1 g
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