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Hearty, Healthy, Winter Minestrone Soup

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I’m totally in a soup mood these days.

It must be the impending fall weather, the fact that Halloween is two weeks away, and that the evenings are cooler now.

When we were in Italy this summer, we had the most delicious minestrone soup. The kind that just sticks to your bones and warms you from the inside out. So I was excited to see if I could recreate the recipe at home, in a way that would be more of a one-pot meal for me and the husband.

I was inspired by this recipe from FoodNetwork.com, but I made a bunch of modifications to make it veggie-friendly and much healthier.

It turned out to be absolutely delicious!


Hearty, Healthy, Winter Minestrone Soup - easy healthy recipes, tasty healthy recipes, delicious healthy recipes, vegetarian healthy recipes, quick and easy recipes for picky eaters #healthyfood #foodThe chunky vegetables and beans gave it a stew-like consistency, and the parmesan cheese (and rind) added a power-punch of flavor.

It was super filling and pretty easy to make too! It had that “slow-cooked-all-day” taste, but it took under an hour to make. Now that’s my kind of dinner 🙂

The Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 russet potato, peeled, cubed
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 28 oz low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 ounce piece Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Optional – 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Shredded parmesan cheese (for topping – 1 Tbsp per bowl)

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The Directions

Step 1: Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

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Step 2: Add the Swiss chard and potato; saute for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and rosemary sprig. Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes break down, about 10 minutes.

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Step 3: Meanwhile, blend 1/2 cup of the beans with 1/2 cup broth in a processor (or mash together with a potato masher) until almost smooth. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth, salt / pepper / spices, and Parmesan cheese rind to the vegetable mixture. Simmer until the potato pieces are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the whole beans and simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick.

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Step 4: Discard Parmesan rind and rosemary sprig (the leaves will have fallen off of the stem) before serving. Top with 1 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese.

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The husband absolutely loved this recipe. And both he and I went back for seconds! We couldn’t help ourselves. I loved how packed with veggies and protein it was – it felt like an easy way to sneak more veggies into our diets (with minimal effort!)

The husband said this soup reminded him of Italy, which was all the validation I needed. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Hearty, Healthy, Winter Minestrone Soup

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 170 Calories, 2.3g Fat, 946.7mg Sodium, 29.6g Carbs, 9.6g Fiber, 5.2g Sugar, 11.2g Protein
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 170kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound Swiss chard stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 russet potato peeled, cubed
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 28 oz low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 ounce piece Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Optional - 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Shredded parmesan cheese for topping - 1 Tbsp per bowl

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the Swiss chard and potato; saute for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and rosemary sprig. Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes break down, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, blend 1/2 cup of the beans with 1/2 cup broth in a processor (or mash together with a potato masher) until almost smooth. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth, salt / pepper / spices, and Parmesan cheese rind to the vegetable mixture. Simmer until the potato pieces are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the whole beans and simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick.
  • Discard Parmesan rind and rosemary sprig (the leaves will have fallen off of the stem) before serving. Top with 1 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese.

Notes

Adapted from FoodNetwork.com
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5 responses to “Hearty, Healthy, Winter Minestrone Soup”

  1. This sounds delicious – can’t wait to make it!! I love the idea of blending some of the beans, thicken the soup without added fat…

    • Thanks so much Jill! And yes – that’s exactly right 🙂 I do that in most of my soups actually — if you just puree beans or even veggies it will help thicken the soup without any cream or other ingredients needed. Hope you love this when you try it!

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