Our neighbor, Melanie is the sweetest lady and she brought us The Best Minestrone Soup recently. It has lots of healthy vegetables, the perfect seasonings, and she added a secret ingredient that makes this minestrone soup the absolute BEST! It was so good I asked her for the recipe and permission to post it on our blog. She gave it to me and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
This amazingly delicious soup is low in fat and calories, but, high in fiber, protein and full of flavor. If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious soup to add to your weekly menu, I promise, this is definitely the one!
John is out of town this week and my Dad loves soup. So, I thought it was the perfect time to make a batch of this minestrone soup for us and he loved it! He doesn’t care for cheese, so, as you can see, the soup on the right doesn’t have any. We enjoyed some homemade bread to go with it, for a warm and hearty, delicious meal.
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven, or large pot, over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and cook until tender, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, celery and carrots, reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes.
Add the dried oregano, dried basil, salt and pepper and cook another minute.
Next, add the diced and crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and sugar. Drain and puree the roasted red peppers in a food processor and add it to the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer 10 minutes.
Roasted red peppers is the secret ingredient that you may not find in other minestrone soup recipes. I used mild roasted red peppers. But, you can use sweet or hot, to change it up a bit.
Stir in the kidney beans, green beans and the pasta. I used Ditalini pasta, but feel free to use any small pasta noodle you’d like.
Cook at a simmer until the pasta is tender, approximately 10-15 minutes.
It just doesn’t get any better than a big bowl of this hearty minestrone soup and a slice, or two, of fresh homemade bread. And, this soup is even better the next day, if there’s any leftover.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced (approximately 1 cup)
- 1 large carrot, diced (approximately 1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 14 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can)
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes (1 can)
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 11.5 ounces roasted mild red peppers (1 jar)
- 15 ounces kidney beans, drained and rinsed (1 can)
- 14.5 ounces green beans, rinsed and drained (1 can)
- 1 cup Ditalini noodles, or any small pasta noodles
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven, or large pot, over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and cook until tender, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, celery, and carrots, reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes. Add the dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper and cook another minute.
- Next, add the diced and crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and sugar. Drain and puree the roasted red peppers in a food processor and add it to the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer 10 minutes.
- Stir in the kidney beans, green beans, and the pasta. Cook at a simmer until the pasta is tender, approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a little fresh chopped basil.
Recipe adapted from Food Network.
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