There is still nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on a cozy night. This Easy Minestrone soup covers all the bases. It’s hearty, it’s scrumptious, and super easy to make. And with this year being anything but normal, it is the perfect comfort meal the whole family will enjoy.
Now you know we are all about versatility over here and this recipe is no different. Minestrone is naturally one that can very easily be customized to make it your own. You are going to be able to spruce up some of those pantry items like canned beans and dried pastas. And we offset that by adding fresh vegetables like zucchini and carrots. But, that is just a blueprint. You can use most vegetables you might have on hand and make this pot of happiness your very own.
Other ways to make Easy Minestrone Soup your own:
You can have so much fun with Minestrone Soup. I am keeping this recipe very simple with ingredients most of us have in our fridge or pantry. But, you can switch things up and go crazy! So to help you out, here are a few other options to get your creative juices flowing.
- Use potatoes/sweet potatoes instead of pasta
- Other seasonal vegetables include butternut squash, green beans, peas, or yellow squash
- Add leafy greens like spinach, kale, or rainbow chard
- You can also use any white beans or kidney beans.
Along with adding parmesan rind as a flavor booster, I also decided to add some Creamy Tomato Soup from Pacific Foods. I always keep Pacific Foods broths and soups in my pantry so I can add them to many dishes as flavor boosters. Their organic creamy tomato soup gives the minestrone a lovely silky finish while adding loads of flavor.
You can pick up Pacific Foods organic creamy tomato soup at your local grocery store. That is one thing I absolutely adore about this brand. Not only are their soups, broths, and nut milk made with the best quality ingredients, they are also very easily accessible.
Ok, I know, let’s get into the recipe. And check out our other soups and stews if you need more inspirationPrint
Hearty, cozy, and easy to make. This Minestrone soup is exactly what you need on a cold night. You can easily make it your own and add some spicy sausage or leftover chicken. You can also substitute and add your favorite vegetables, or use up the vegetables in your fridge.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
2 celery sticks, diced
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 14.5 ounces can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup Pacific Foods Organic Creamy Tomato Soup
5 cups vegetable broth, preferably unsalted
a piece of a parmesan rind, optional
1 15 ounces can white beans, cannellini, or northern
1 cup pasta, shells or elbow
1 zucchini, halved and cut into half-moon slices
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil to garnish
Grated parmesan cheese to garnish
To begin, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, a couple of pinches of salt and pepper, and the Italian seasoning.
Continue to sauté the vegetables until the carrots are fork-tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato soup, broth, and parmesan rind to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Now, add the beans and pasta to the pot, stir and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Make sure to remember where your parmesan rind is. Every time you stir, make sure you find the rind and remember where it is.
Stir in the zucchini slices and crushed red pepper flakes and continue to simmer for another 5-7 minutes or until the pasta and vegetables are tender. Remove the parmesan rind and discard. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with grated parmesan and fresh basil.
Keywords: minestrone soup, comforting soups
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