How to Make Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Edit Article This simple, flavorful bean and vegetable soup warms your tummy and soul. Make a batch on Sunday and enjoy it all week.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and flattened with a knife
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach (preferably fresh)
  • 1 zucchini, sliced .5-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen)
  • 2 small white potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 15-oz can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 quart (32 oz) vegetable broth
  • 2 tbs Romano or Parmesan cheese

Steps

  • How to Make Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

    Heat olive oil in a 3-quart stockpot on medium low.
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    Add garlic and bay leaf.
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    Add onions, celery and carrots and sauté until onions become translucent.
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    Stir in spinach.
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    Add tomatoes and stir.
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    Add vegetable broth and stir.
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    Add potatoes, zucchini and peas, mix well.
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    Add Romano cheese; this will thicken the broth as it simmers.
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    Lower the heat and simmer until potatoes are soft—about 30–40 minutes.
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    Remove bay leaf and garlic.
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    Serve and enjoy!
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    Finished.

Tips

  • This recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker on low heat for 2 hours.
  • The mixture of minced carrots, onions and celery is calledmirepoixand is available—pre-chopped—at Trader Joe's.
  • Substitute garlic salt for fresh garlic.
  • If you prefer, you can use chicken or beef broth, or bouillon cubes.
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