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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

"Embracing the Earth's Bounty: A Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe to Warm Your Soul"

Here's how to make a classic Italian Minestrone Soup, along with some tips and tricks to ensure a rich, hearty meal.


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  • Dish name: Minestrone Soup

  • Cuisine: Italian

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Cooking time: 45 minutes

  • Yield: 6 servings


Ingredients:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 zucchini, diced

  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup small pasta (like ditalini or elbow)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh spinach or kale, optional

  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving, optional


Instructions:


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Stir in the zucchini, green beans, and bell pepper. Cook for a few more minutes.

  4. Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  5. Add the kidney beans, cannellini beans, pasta, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Continue to simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 10 minutes.

  7. If using, add fresh spinach or kale at the end and cook until wilted.

  8. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve hot, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


Tips and Tricks:


  • Sautéing Vegetables: Make sure to sauté your base vegetables (onions, carrots, and celery) well, as this builds the flavor foundation.

  • Bean Variety: Don't hesitate to use different types of beans to add variety in your minestrone.

  • Herb Flexibility: You can use fresh herbs instead of dried; just add them towards the end of cooking to preserve their flavor.

  • Pasta Cooking: To avoid overcooked pasta, you can cook it separately and add it to each bowl when serving.

  • Thickness: If the soup is too thick after the pasta is cooked, add more broth to achieve your desired consistency.

  • Seasonal Vegetables: Minestrone is versatile; use any seasonal vegetables you have on hand.

  • Parmesan Rind: For an umami flavor boost, add a piece of Parmesan rind to your soup while it simmers and remove it before serving.

  • Leftovers: This soup tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together.



There you have it, a robust and satisfying Minestrone Soup that is perfect for any season and is guaranteed to please a crowd.

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