Chunky Minestrone

dsc03467tn.jpgVegetarian soups are even more satisfying when paired with a sandwich or salad. A bowl of warm soup or stew is quite comforting after a long day. And some of the best are loaded with healthy, good amount of fiber and vitamin-rich vegetables. Chunky minestrone is one of my favorite. The word minestrone means :- variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes. (Source wikipedia.org)


2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 celery stalk (thinly sliced)
1 medium zucchini (cubed)
4-6 mushrooms (chopped , optional)
4-6 asparagus ( cut into 1-2″ inches)
14.5 oz canned tomatoes (diced/whole un drained)
15 oz canned cannelloni beans ( drained)
1/4 cup small pasta
2-3 cups water/vegetable stock
1 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)


Heat oil in a large deep pan over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add seasoning, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes ( if using whole chop into bite size pieces), salt , pepper, water/stock and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and cook for 12-15 minutes. Add beans and pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or till pasta is done (al-denta). Sprinkle with cheese and serve hot with garlic bread/ salad.

Notes and Tips

You can add greens (spinach /kale) to the soup, taste and also looks really good. You also use orzo (rice shaped pasta) instead of small pasta. You can also make this soup with your choice of vegetables, beans, pasta and olives and serve hot in winter and cold in summer.


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