Minestrone in a Hurry
 
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Want something hearty and filling? Need it quick? Try this Minestrone Soup. It'll fill you with plenty of veggies, pasta noodles, and warm tomato-ey goodness -- all in 45 minutes.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ of medium sized onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can of kidney beans
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • 1.5 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 heaping tsp dried basil
  • 1 heaping tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red chili flakes
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta as per package directions in a separate sauce pan. Drain, and rinse when done.
  2. Dice onion and mince garlic cloves.
  3. Combine both into a large sauce pan and "water saute" using ¼ cup of water in the pan over medium heat. Cover pan with a lid and bring to a boil.
  4. Chop the celery and carrots. Add to the pan once the onions begin to soften.
  5. Cover again, and let the veggies cook down for 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Add chopped zucchini, sliced mushrooms, herbs; parsley, basil, oregano and chili flakes. Cover, cook 3 more minutes. Stirring often.
  7. Add can of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and can of kidney beans along with vegetable broth. Stir and let simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and stir in chopped spinach.
  9. Place about ½ cup of cooked pasta into each bowl, and fill with soup. Makes about 6 servings.
  10. Season with Salt & Pepper as desired.
Notes
Use corn or rice pasta instead of whole wheat to make the soup gluten free.
I've chosen to keep the pasta separate from the soup base, to prevent the pasta from soaking up all of the liquid in the soup and turning soggy. (If you like soggy pasta, and more of to stew, over a soup. By all means, enjoy your "Stoup") -- Rachel Ray term :)
Recipe by plateofsunshine.com at https://plateofsunshine.com/vegan-minestrone-in-a-hurry/