As the wintery weather arrives we tend to skip the cold salads in favor for something piping hot and ultra-filling! This minestrone soup is super easy to make and will satisfy that winter comfort food craving! The best part is you can sub out any veggies and herbs you might be missing in favor of what’s hanging out in your pantry. Minestrone is all about packing in hearty ingredients that will meld together and create a flavor-packed broth!
1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
2 14-ounce cans of beans, rinsed (kidney, cannellini beans, chickpeas or even a mix all work great here)
6 cups of homemade or store bought vegetable or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
Half a sweet potato, diced finely
2 tablespoons fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme and parsley
2 tablespoons dried herbs such as oregano and basil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup small dried pasta (macaroni or orecchiette work great here)
4 ounces of green beans, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
Half a head of black kale or swiss chard, coarsely chopped
1. Set a large pot to medium-high heat and add olive oil. When the oil has warmed up, add onion and cook until translucent. Add carrots, sweet potato and celery (adding one at a time) and cook on medium heat until slightly softened, about five minutes.
2. Add dried herbs and garlic, and continue to cook until fragrant. If the ingredients seem to be sticking to the pan add a little bit of olive oil.
3. Add diced tomatoes, fresh herbs and broth, a pinch of salt and pepper (be careful of adding salt if you are not using low-sodium broth) and bring to a boil. Set the heat to low and simmer for 10-20 minutes (the longer you simmer the more flavorful your broth will be).
4. Add your dried pasta, beans, and remaining vegetables and simmer for ten minutes, until your pasta is al dente.
5. Serve with extra fresh herbs if desired, a drizzle of olive oil, a crack of black pepper and heaps of parmesan cheese. Enjoy your minestrone soup!