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Minestrone Soup



Somewhere along the line when I was in high school and started getting into nutrition I adventured into the cooking world. In an effort to get my parents to start eating more vegetables, I figured what better way to do that then in a soup that is full of them!? Well, however many years later it has been, my dad requested the recipe for my minestrone and so I thought I would share it with you too! It really is one of the easiest things to make, and you can make it in 30 mins or let it simmer in a crockpot all day, up to you.


TGISS (thank god it's soup season!)


Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced

  • 2 zucchini squash, diced

  • 1 jalapeño, diced

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 14oz cans of no salt added diced tomatoes

  • 1 can white beans (cannellini, great northern, etc.), drained and rinsed

  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth

  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves chopped

  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic and herb seasoning

  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Sauté onion, carrots, and celery in 1-2tbsp of olive oil for 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add zucchini, jalapeño, garlic, and spices and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes and vegetable broth and bring to a boil

  4. Add beans, and reduce heat to low

  5. Simmer for 30 minutes 

  6. Add kale and cook for 5 minutes longer

  7. OR throw everything in a crockpot and let it do its magic - however I have to say that I really think the sauté gives it a nicer flavor that you don't get with a crockpot. It is however much more convenient! 

Notes:

  • I usually squeeze each bowl with some lemon juice and garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese!

  • Other add in options: quinoa (add 1 extra cup of vegetable broth if you do this), shredded chicken, green beans, asparagus, any vegetable really!

So there you have it, my famous (at least I think so) minestrone soup recipe! Enjoy :)

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