This easy One-Pot Healthy Minestrone soup is loaded with veggie goodness, hearty beans, and pasta: the ultimate vegetable soup!
Happy Soup Season everyone!! It’s officially that time of the year! Soup is one of my favourite things to cook, especially in the fall and winter. Nothing is cozier than curling up on the couch with a hot bowl of soup, Netflix and Mr. Matt. This soup is the perfect warming comforting meal on a chilly day. It’s full of nutrients, fibre, is super filling and most of all delicious!
Minestrone soup has always been one of my favourite soups to eat and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make it. Like most people, I was always a little intimidated by all the ingredients that went into this recipe. But to be honest, it’s actually pretty simple to toss together. Starting with the base: broth and tomatoes, veggies: like carrots, celery, beans and zucchini! You can pretty much use up whatever veggies you have in the fridge.
Then add beans: I used red kidney beans but it’s also great with cannellini or butter beans. Finally, add in the pasta of your choice and some spices. The spices I use are Italian seasoning, chilli flakes for some heat and a bay leaf. Speaking of which, when making soup, I always feel like I have to add a bay leaf, it’s something that my mom and grandma have always done. I feel like it’s something you have to do! Just like vanilla and cookies, cinnamon and oatmeal, it’s one of those unwritten food rules. I’m sure there’s a reason behind it…
This recipe only took two tries to nail it! The first time I used brown rice pasta, which turned into a bit of a mess as it soaked up all the broth. It turned into a more of a mushy stew…if you’ve cooked with brown rice pasta you know what I’m talking about. In round two I used a super grain fusilli mix, and it was perfect! What I love about this recipe is that it’s a simple one pot meal. I love making a big batch – it’s the perfect leftover that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner all week. And to be honest, I think it tastes even better the next day! I love eating this soup with a piece of crusty bread so I can soak up the leftover yummy broth at the end… yum!
Let me know in the comments below your favourite soup recipe, I would love to try it out!