Hearty Vegetable Minestrone

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, vegetables
Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 234kcal
An easy and delicious vegetarian soup with all your favorites!
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion 1/2" dice
  • 2 stalks celery 1/2" dice
  • 3 large carrots 1/2" slice
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed lightly crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans not drained
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes in their juice
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound red skinned potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2" dice
  • 1/2 pound green beans trimmed and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup small pasta such as orzo, pastini, ditalini or alphabets
  • 3 large leaves curly kale tough stems removed, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Stir in the onions, carrots, celery and salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender and the onions and celery start to look translucent.
  • Stir in the fennel, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper and garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Add the vegetable broth, bay leaves, kidney beans in their liquid, diced tomatoes in their liquid and crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chopped potato, green beans and quinoa. Bring the pot back to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the potato is tender. Stir in the pasta and kale and cook until the pasta is done, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Ladle the minestrone into bowls and serve with saltines or oyster crackers. Also good with grated parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1405mg | Potassium: 862mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7537IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 4mg