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MINESTRONE SOUP - so full of vegetables and minerals. A bowl of this soup not only keeps you warm but healthy too #minestrone #soup #vegetable #glutenfree #whole30 #happilyunprocessed

Minestrone Soup


Description

Minestrone Soup is a mixture of fresh colorful vegetables, pantry items and spices that is simmered in a tomato based broth. A bowl of this soup not only keeps you warm but healthy too !


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 Cup Quality Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

VEGETABLES:

  • 1 Large Sweet Onion (such as Vidalia), chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups Carrots, washed, peeled and diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery, washed and diced
  • 1 Cup Fresh Green Beans, washed and cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1 Zucchini, washed and quartered with skin on
  • 1 Idaho Potato, washed peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach, washed and roughly chopped

PANTRY ITEMS AND SPICES:

  • 15 oz. Diced Tomatoes (Imported will have more flavor) with liquid
  • 3 Cups Vegetable (or Chicken) Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Tomato Sauce (try and find one with very low sugar or make your own)
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed (I used red)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cup Ditalini Pasta
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese, shaved or grated

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a LARGE stockpot over medium heat.  When warm add the butter and allow it to foam.  Add the onions and sauté for  approx 2 -3 minutes.  Season generously with salt which will help the onion sweat.
  2. Add the diced carrots and celery and saute an additional 4 minutes, stirring often.  Again season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute or until fragrant.
  4. Add the broth, water and tomato sauce to the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Once it reaches a boil reduce the soup to low and begin simmering
  6. Add the potatoes, kidney beans, green beans, spinach, zucchini and spices. Stir and taste for seasonings. Add  salt and/or pepper if necessary.
  7. Simmer  for 45 min -1 hour or until vegetables are tender.
  8. Before serving cook pasta according to instructions and ladle soup over desired amount.  Top with fresh parmesan cheese.

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