Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Want a meal to be filling and super-healthy? ‘Soup’ is the way to go! The one with lots of veggies, beans of your choice, and some comforting pasta cooked in a tasty, spicy broth which is exactly what this ‘Minestrone Soup’ is!

Recipe

Prep time:  20 mins to cut all the vegetables + few hours to soak and cook the cannellini beans
Cook time: 30 to 40 mins
Serves: 5 to 6 servings

Ingredients –

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1n1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons Italian dry herb seasoning
  • 3/4th teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 8 cups water (or broth if using – I like to also use the water left from cooking cannellini beans)
  • 1 cup un-cooked elbow pasta
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 cups cooked cannellini beans
  • salt to taste

Instructions –

  1. Soak the cannellini beans in water overnight or for at least 4 to 6 hrs. Then, cook it until the beans are soft and tender.
  2. In a deep pot, heat the olive oil. Add garlic, onions and bay leaves. Sauté for 3 to 5 mins until light brown.
  3. Add paprika, dry seasoning and black pepper followed by celery and carrots. Mix everything well, cover and let cook to 6 to 8 minutes until they have softened a bit. Add green beans now and further cook for another 5 mins.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, water/broth and pasta. Let it cook for 6 to 8 mins. Add spinach and the cooked cannellini beans. Add salt and let the soup simmer for another 5 mins.

Serve warm with a dash of ground black pepper and some dry seasoning. You could also use parmesan cheese to spruce it up! All in all this is a super nutritious and filling minestrone soup perfect for a comforting lunch or dinner!