Minestrone soup is a versatile, hearty, wholesome soup for weekday meals. Use vegetables, beans and pasta or rice you have on hand to prepare this delicious soup!
Course Main Course, Starter
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
¼cupPasta(I used anellini gluten free pasta)
¼small Onion chopped
1small Carrotcut into thick slices, about ⅛ cup
⅛cuptender Celery slices
1small Red Radishsliced
1teaspoonGarlic chopped or crushed
1small to medium Tomato diced or ½ cup diced Tomato(I used vine tomato)
⅛teaspoonDry Thyme or ½ – 1 teaspoon fresh Thyme(I used dry thyme)
⅛teaspoonBlack Pepper Powder
¼teaspoonSaltadjust to taste
¼Tomato Puree(I used Pomi strained tomatoes)
½cupCannellini Beans(I used canned beans)
2cupsStock(use 2 cups water + 2 cubes bouillon)
1cupSpinachchopped & loosely packed
Cook pasta following the instructions on the package. I used …. pasta and cooked it for 3 minutes though the instructions called for 4 minutes. Pasta is going to cook when simmering in soup.
Cut all the veggies and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. When hot add onion, celery, carrots, radish and garlic. Cook for a minute or two minutes.
Add tomato and cook until soft.
Add tomato puree, cannellini beans, thyme, pepper and salt. Mix and saute for few minutes.
Add stock or water and bring to boil. If using water, when it comes to boil add bouillon.
Boil until vegetables are almost cooked.
Add pasta, spinach and cook for 2-4 or until all the veggies and pasta is cooked. If the soup is very thick, add some stock and simmer for few minutes.
Serve hot with some toasted bread or as it is. I served with garlic cheese bruschetta. Soup can be garnish with some cheese.
Pasta – I used ¼ cup dry pasta and felt I could have used less pasta and added few more vegetables. Second, since I was serving soup with bruschetta, I felt less pasta in the soup would have been better.
Stock – I do not like canned or packaged stock. I either use homemade stock or water. Lately I am using Maggi Bouillon. I used two cubes.
Soup is on the milder sider and one can adjust spice level to taste.