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Quick Minestrone Soup

Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal.Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of soup?

Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of Italian soup?

Our weather in Utah has been a tad bit cold this winter, which I’ve been told is what winter is all about. But it’s been that type of cold that just sets into your bones and you shiver constantly from November until probably May. Because of this shiver, soups have been my go-to meals this season. Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist It was time to finally share with you my version of Minestrone soup, because yes, everyone has their own version. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find millions, even my Italian cookbooks have several versions. But the real reason is my sister Ashley has been on me for two years to make her a version she can make and eat all week for lunch. Here you go Ash. Love you.

I used chicken broth because I am not a vegetarian/vegan, but use vegetable broth to keep it so. Omit the noodles and it’s gluten free (or use GF noodles). Most recipes call for spinach, but I prefer kale because it is studier and will remain crisp after cooking and reheating. But if you prefer spinach, use it. Or chard. Or any greens that make you happy. Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist

Quick Minestrone Soup

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 rib celery; chopped
  • 1 small/1/2 medium onion; chopped
  • 1 large/2 medium carrots; chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz can basil , garlic, oregano tomato paste
  • 32 oz broth (use vegetable to keep it vegan/vegetarian)
  • 32 oz water
  • 3/4-1 cup red wine (pinot noir, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon or similar)
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 small bunch kale; torn into bit size pieces
  • 1/2 lb dried pasta
  • Salt/Pepper; to taste
  • 1-15 oz can dark red kidney beans; drained/rinsed
  • 1-15 oz can white beans; drained/rinsed
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot.
  2. Add the celery, onions, carrots, and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste to the veggies.
  4. Add the broth, water, and wine.
  5. Add the herbs and kale; mix well, bring to a simmer.
  6. Incorporate the pasta, mix well and bring to a boil.
  7. Season according to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Once the pasta is near done, add the beans and finish cooking; about 2 minutes)
  9. Serve immediately
  10. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

If you are making this for multiple meals, cook the pasta separately and add it to the individual portions.
Toss the freshly cooked and drained pasta with olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.
When reheating, heat the soup and rinse the pasta in hot water under the sink, then stir it into the soup--or you can add it to the soup and microwave it together.


Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist Quick Minestrone Soup ~ Quintessential Italian soup made quickly for an easy meal ~ The Complete Savorist

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 29, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Minestrone soup is just the best! I love the way you give step by step instructions, it’s awesome!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 29, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Minestrone is such a hearty classic soup! I love the wine here!

  • Reply
    Christie
    February 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

    What a delicious and healthy soup. I love the addition of wine. What a delicious way to amp up the flavor.

  • Reply
    Marye
    February 29, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I love Minestrone soup, a quick version is always welcome. This one sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    heather @french press
    February 29, 2016 at 7:16 am

    SO good! and I’m with you I always use kale in my soup, it is just so delicious

  • Reply
    Megan
    February 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The colors in this Minestrone soup are amazing! Great Recipe!

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    February 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Kale in soup is always one of my favorites. I just made minestrone last week but didn’t think to add kale. What a great idea!

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    February 29, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This soup looks awesome! I love quick and easy soup recipes 🙂

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    February 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I love a delicious minestrone soup! This looks like such a tasty dish I just want to gobble it up!

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    Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
    March 1, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I need to make soup more often and I especially love it when the soup is an easy one to make. This soup looks delicious and doesn’t take a lot of time. Yum!

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    Tanya Schroeder
    March 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I love the kale and the wine, definitely my kind of soup!

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    eat good 4 life
    March 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I love the sound of this. I haven’t made a soup recipe in a while. I think I should start by making a minestrone one. I love the fact that your version is quick!!

  • Reply
    Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
    March 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    We have been eating a lot of soups lately so this one is going in our rotation!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Beautiful! I love minestrone!

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    March 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    It’s been so cold here in MA too and I am so in the mood for soups! This sounds like a wonderful variation of minestrone and I love that you’ve used kale in place of spinach, yum!

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