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Vegetable Minestrone Soup

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Who knew you could enjoy so many vegetables in one bowl of soup? Try this hearty vegetable minestrone for your next weeknight meal. You’ll be so glad you did!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 celery stalks, chopped
  • 23 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 6 cups low-sodium, all-natural vegetable broth
  • 4 cups tomato juice (i.e. V8)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots, and celery until soft (about 3-4 minutes). Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
  2. 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. {Freezer instructions begin here}
  3. Add whole wheat macaroni noodles and cook for 4-5 more minutes (or a few minutes less than the directions say to cook it.)
  4. Then, add green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes (or until crisp-tender).
  5. 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.
  6. Serve warm and topped with chopped fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
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.
To 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.