Easy Minestrone Soup
Today I am sharing another savory recipe-easy minestrone soup. This is the first week in a long time that I haven’t posted a cookie recipe, I really overdid it in December. Don’t worry, the cookies will be back soon, my addiction is just hibernating for awhile:) I am excited to share this easy, healthy, and comforting minestrone soup recipe-it is one of my favorite winter time meals.
Minestrone is an Italian soup that usually includes vegetables, pasta, beans, and sometimes meat (I omitted the meat because I am a vegetarian). Minestrone soup is very versatile. You can add whatever vegetables, beans, and pasta you like. I included carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, and green beans. I also used cannellini beans, which are a white bean. I chose whole wheat macaroni for the pasta, but any small pasta will work well in this soup.
I always make a big pot of this easy minestrone soup because I never get sick of it. I could eat it for lunch and dinner all week long, and I usually do. It is a great recipe to have on hand durning the cold winter months. Garnish a steaming bowl of minestrone soup with parmesan cheese and serve with a slice of crusty bread.
Easy Minestrone Soup
Yield: Serves 8-10
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese-optional, for garnish
1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add in zucchini, green beans, and diced tomatoes. Stir in vegetable broth and water. Add beans, macaroni, oregano, and basil. Simmer until vegetables and macaroni are tender-about 35 minutes.
2. Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.
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