Hey there! Are you looking for a comforting and hearty soup recipe? Look no further, because I have the perfect one for you: our Magical Minestrone soup!
This classic Italian soup is filled with a variety of vegetables, pasta, and beans, making it a satisfying and nutritious meal. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftovers or vegetables you have on hand making it truly a magical experience. I’ll be sharing with you my favorite version of the recipe, but feel free to make it your own by experimenting with different ingredients.
Trust me, this soup is so magically delicious and easy to make, you’ll want to make it again and again. So, let’s get started and cook up a delicious and comforting pot of Minestrone soup!
Ingredients and Instructions to make Magical Minestrone Soup
Here is a recipe for a hearty vegan minestrone soup that includes measurements in both imperial and metric units:
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth
- 1 can (14.5 oz/410 g) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz/425 g) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup (250 ml) pasta shapes
- 1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen green beans
- 1 cup (250 ml) chopped kale or spinach
- 2 cups (500 ml) water
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried basil
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened.
- Add the carrots and celery and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
- Pour in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, pasta, green beans, kale or spinach, water, basil, oregano and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot and enjoy your hearty minestrone soup!
Hearty Minestrone Soup Cheesey Topping
Here are some ideas for topping your minestrone soup with parmesan cheese:
- Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top of the soup just before serving.
- Shredded parmesan cheese can also be sprinkled on top of the soup.
- For a creamier texture, you can melt parmesan cheese in a separate pan and drizzle it over the soup before serving.
As for a vegan alternative to parmesan cheese, you can try nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy flavor and can be used as a topping for soups and other dishes. You can sprinkle it on the soup just like you would do with parmesan cheese. Another alternative would be vegan parmesan cheese which is made from a blend of nuts, seeds, and nutritional yeast. It’s important to note that nutritional yeast and vegan parmesan cheese have a different flavor than traditional parmesan cheese, but they can make a great addition to the soup.
About Canned Tomatoes for Cooking Soup
Using canned tomatoes in a recipe can be a great option when fresh tomatoes are not available or are out of season. Canned tomatoes are a convenient and shelf-stable ingredient that can be used year-round. Here are a few reasons why using canned tomatoes can be a good choice:
- Consistency: Canned tomatoes are picked and processed at their peak ripeness, so they have a consistent flavor and texture, regardless of the season.
- Convenience: Canned tomatoes are already peeled, diced, and ready to use, which can save a lot of time and prep work compared to using fresh tomatoes.
- Long shelf life: Canned tomatoes can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration, so you can always have them on hand in your pantry.
- Cost-effective: Canned tomatoes are often more affordable than fresh tomatoes, especially when they are out of season.
- Nutritional value: Canned tomatoes can be a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that is important for heart health.
It’s also important to note that when using canned tomatoes, you should always check the label to make sure that the only ingredients listed are tomatoes and possibly salt. Avoid canned tomatoes with added sugar, preservatives or other ingredients you don’t want to consume.
Tips for Making Magical Minestrone Soup
Sure, here are some tips for making an excellent minestrone soup:
- Use a variety of vegetables: Minestrone soup is a great way to use up a variety of vegetables you have on hand. Try to include a mix of root vegetables, like carrots and celery, leafy greens like kale or spinach, and some legumes like beans or lentils.
- Make it your own: Minestrone soup is a very adaptable recipe that can be made with many different ingredients. Feel free to experiment and use whatever you have on hand, like adding leftovers or different type of pasta, grains or legumes.
- Use good quality broth or stock: The broth or stock you use can greatly affect the flavor of your minestrone soup. Use a good quality vegetable broth or stock, or make your own by simmering vegetables and herbs in water for an hour or more.
- Cook the pasta separately: Pasta can quickly become overcooked in a soup, so it’s best to cook it separately and add it to the soup just before serving. This will prevent it from becoming mushy and will help it to retain its texture.
- Season to taste: Minestrone soup is a hearty soup, so be sure to season it well with salt and pepper. Taste the soup as it cooks and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Let it sit: Minestrone soup is even better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to meld together. So, if you can, make it a day ahead and reheat it before serving.
- Enjoy it with some bread: Minestrone soup is best served with some crusty bread, it can help you to dip and enjoy the soup even more.
- For a vegan option, add some nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan cheese for a cheesy flavor.
And that’s it! You’ve just made a delicious pot of Minestrone soup. I hope you enjoyed the recipe and had fun experimenting with different ingredients. The beauty of Minestrone soup is that it’s so adaptable to different ingredients, so feel free to make it your own. The soup is also even better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to meld together. So, if you can, make it a day ahead and reheat it before serving. And don’t forget to serve it with some crusty bread to enjoy the soup even more.
Thank you for following this recipe, I hope you have a great time cooking and eating this hearty and comforting Minestrone soup. If you have any question or comments, please let me know!