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This Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is incredible! Who knew this many veggies in one bowl could be so scrumptious? Serve with some crusty bread, and you’re good to go.
Need to use up some vegetables quickly? Here’s an idea. A brief perusal of my refrigerator and freezer this morning revealed some aging celery, onions, garlic, green beans, and a host of other veggies that had to go soon. So, I tried my hand at a vegetable minestrone soup.
Although I passed up using meat in the ingredient list (I’m sure Italian sausage would be great), I was pleased to learn that my farm-boy-carnivorous husband liked it! Plus, much to my surprise, my kids even ate this vegetable soup, which is a minor miracle.
Of course, feel free to substitute in the things you like and omit the ones you don’t. It’s hard to mess this one up.
Hope you enjoy this filling, healthful, and cheap soup!
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1–2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2–3 large carrots, chopped
- 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (sub: cannellini beans)
- 6 cups low-sodium, all-natural vegetable broth
- 4 cups tomato juice (i.e. V8)
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 cup whole wheat elbow pasta
- 1 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower, roughly chopped
- 1 cup frozen sweet peas
- fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
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Make It Now:
- Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, carrots, and celery until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
- Add garbanzo beans, vegetable broth, tomato juice, water, Italian seasoning (crush in hand before adding), salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add whole wheat macaroni noodles and cook for 4-5 more minutes (or a few minutes less than the directions say to cook it.)
- Then, add green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes (or until crisp-tender).
- Stir in the frozen peas and turn heat to low (no need to cook these, as they will warm up in the soup). Taste and adjust seasoning. Remove bay leaf.
- Serve warm and top with chopped fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Freeze For Later: Fully cook the soup through Step 2 (before adding the pasta), let it cool completely, and freeze in a BPA-free gallon freezer bag or other air-tight freezable container for up to 3 months.
Prepare From Frozen: Thaw soup and add to a large pot. Bring to a simmer, add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.