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Faithful Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup in a bowl

Of all the soups on my website, this is probably my most used and appreciated soup recipe, which is why I call this soup the Faithful Minestrone.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stock, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1 carrot, shredded or finely cut
  • 3/4 cup green beans cut into inch size pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (Click Here for Recipe)
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned small red kidney beans
  • 1 cup canned white beans (navy beans, great white northern, or cannellini beans)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh parsley)
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mini pasta shells (cooked al dente)

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium pot, add onion and sauté for a few minutes.  
  • Add the garlic, celery, carrot, green beans and sauté for a few additional minutes.  
  • Next add the vegetable stock, canned tomatoes, beans, dry seasonings, and salt, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce temperature and let the soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  •  In the mean time boil the mini pasta shells in some salted water for about 5 minutes.  Drain, rinse with cold water, then set aside.
  • Right before serving the soup, add the pasta and spinach. Enjoy!

Notes

Note:  Make sure to add pasta at the end, or they may swell and absorb all the liquid.  Ask me how I know that one!

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