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Quick and Easy Minestrone

Quick and Easy Minestrone
Quick and Easy Minestrone
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Homemade soup is one of the most comforting meals, but it often takes a long time to prepare. That's what inspired this Quick and Easy Minestrone recipe! It takes just thirty minutes from start to finish but tastes like it's been simmering all day. This will be one of the best vegetable soup recipes you ever make.

With a simple base of red wine and vegetable broth, this simple soup has incredible flavor. It's also filled with fresh vegetables, but feel free to add more! This Quick and Easy Minestrone will warm you from head to toe which makes it the perfect fall meal.

Serves6 - 8 hearty portions

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min

One Pot MealYes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, low sodium preferred
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups (1/2 box dry) cooked pasta, ditalini preferred
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, cleaned well and chopped
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.  Stir and cook until vegetables begin to soften.  

  2. Pour red wine into pot.  Bring to a boil to reduce.  Scrape bottom of pan (this will create more flavor). Add herbs to the pot and stir well. 

  3. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, salt, and pepper.  Simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

  4. Add spinach and zucchini and simmer for 5 more minutes. 

  5. Stir in pre-cooked pasta.

  6. When ready to serve, ladle into bowls. Finish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top and breadsticks if desired.

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Minestrone is probably one of my most favorite soups for the Fall and I love that it's loaded with tons of vegetables. Usually, I go with navy beans but I also like to add kidney beans to the mix...I'm not sure why, but I just think the flavor of them really compliments the minestrone. I've never used wine in my soup before so I'm thinking I'll leave it out and use chicken broth instead...but I'm sure it's wonderful either way.

This soup is the ultimate hearty soup recipe. Full of fresh vegetables, beans and pasta, and no meat so its safe for vegetarians. Love how quick it is to make this soup, most of the ingredients are pre-cooked so they cut down the time it would take to make this from scratch. It will be perfect for those upcoming cold months of the rest of this week.

I know it's nearly summer, but I'm craving soup! I hope my family doesn't mind when I make a batch of this minestrone for dinner tonight.

I don't know if it's just because the weather is cold and rainy today, but I am really craving a big bowl of hearty soup. This quick and easy Minestrone looks like just the thing to fit the bill. The fact that it only takes thirty minutes from start to finish is an added bonus. An easy to follow video tutorial completes the package of this "make my day" recipe. Can't wait to enjoy this for dinner tonight with some crispy Italian bread and freshly grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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