Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

A vegetarian minestrone soup is one of those practical meals to which you can basically add any leftover veggies, pasta or rice you have in the refrigerator. The minestrone originates from Italy, and is a thick vegetable soup, often made with beans and added rice or pasta. Any veggies in season can be used, and there are many, many variations of the recipe. 

This particular veggie minestrone recipe is one we return to over and over again because it is really good. Even on those days when I simply don’t have almost any of the ingredients- it is good anyway!

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

This heartwarming feel-good comfort soup, is really great for the cold months, but I have served it even in the summer when it was 40C outside!

My son suggested (red in face of the heat) that it might be a better idea to serve it chilled. And yes- this soup tastes really good chilled as well!

In this recipe I have omitted the beans, but you can add some cooked or canned Borlotti beans (for example), if you'd like some extra protein.


Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Here's What You Need

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomatoes, liquidized
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 green or red pepper, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 cups stock
  • 2 Tbs. tomato puree
  • 1 oz noodles, spaghetti or short cut macaroni
  • ½ Tbs. soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

Here's What You Do

  1. Sauté the onion, garlic and celery in the oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat until soft but not browned.
  2. Add the tomatoes, herbs, vegetables, stock and tomato puree.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 40 min. in a covered pan.
  4. Then add the noodles, soy sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for an additional 15 min.
  5. Blend in the chopped fresh parsley and serve. This soup serves 4.

(You can buy great quality bulk herbs and spices at: Starwest Botanicals.)

Serve With

If served as a main meal, serve the minestrone with for example cheese and red onion pastries, a crispy green salad and a nice glass of red wine!



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