Minestrone soup is a tasty flavorful Italian soup with vegetables, bean and pasta. Filling soup for lunch/dinner.
I have recently started Toddler friendly recipe page and have mentioned about the guest post from Moms. Today we have a guest, My very good friend Srividhya from Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen.
Ever since we knew each other I have a good rapport with her. More than blogging, I remember having lot of general and personal chat with her. Usually if I have any doubts about the food I give for my toddler or any general toddler related questions she is one among few with whom I discuss.
I told about this guest post and she instantly accepted, gave me three options and being a Minestrone soup fan I opted for this recipe.
Vidhya’s Postpartum Recipes, Festive special, Leftover Ideas, Neivediyams/Prasadams are some of my favorites. Her simple style of cooking and expressive intro about recipes are something I love about her space. I have a big list of todo recipes from her space. I can continue writing about SriVidhya but soup is waiting
When Vidya asked me for guest post, I was really elated and humbled and when the theme was “Toddler food” I couldn’t say no for sure. Also when Vidya asks, how can this Vidhya say No? 🙂 Vidya was my first virtual friend from the food blogging community. What do I say about her and her blog? The blog name says it all – Traditionally Modern Food. I love all her recipes and especially the baked versions of thattai, vadai and other delicacies. Its in my todo list and will be trying them soon. I got a chance to meet her also. A fun person to be with and the other thing that I like about her is she readily shares her tips that she follows for posting and stuff. Now tell me who will do that?? I am glad to find a friend for life. Wishing her good luck for all her future endeavours.
Now coming to the recipe, I have mentioned many times in my blog that my kiddo loves soup. In my opinion, soups are best ways to sneak in the vegetables.
Initially I used to give him pureed soups and then started chunky soups. The veggie chunks soaked in the soup broth is easier to chew and a great way to introduce vegetables. The Minestrone soup is a famous Italian soup and its one of the famous dish in the Olive Garden – Italian chain restaurant in US. Whenever we go there, we have this soup for sure. Its loaded with veggies, beans and pasta. I have tried similar kind with Indian spices but here is the recipe with Italian spices. Its a filling soup and you can pack this for lunch too along with some sandwich.
Celery – 2 stalks
Carrot – 2
Zucchini – 2
Tomatoes – 3 to 4
Red kidney beans – 1 can
White cannellini beans – 1/2 can
Vegetable broth – 1 can (32 oz)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsps
Shell Pasta – 1 cup
Dried Oregano – 1 tsp
Dried Basil – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Freshly crushed pepper – 1 tsp
Grated cheese while serving – as required (Parmesan will go well, but you can choose your favorite)
Water – 4 cups
Boil the three tomatoes in 4 cups of water till the skin peels off. It will take upto 12-15 minutes
While the tomatoes are getting done, chop the shallots, celery, carrots and zucchini.
Let the tomatoes cool, peel the skin and chop them into chunks.
Heat the pan and add oil.
Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute till they are translucent.
Now add the chopped veggies, oregano, basil and salt and Mix well.
Let it cook for up to 3-4 minutes.
Now add the tomato chunks and mix well.
Add the pasta and vegetable broth.
Let the pasta cook in the vegetable broth for 8-10 minutes till they are all done.
Finally add the beans and crushed pepper and let it cook for another 3 minutes.
Thats it. Yummy soup is ready. Serve hot with shaved/grated cheese and bread.
- Shallots: 4
- Celery - 2 stalks
- Carrot - 2
- Zucchini - 2
- Tomatoes - 3 to 4
- Red kidney beans - 1 can
- White cannellini beans - 1/2 can
- Vegetable broth - 1 can 32 oz
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 2 tbsps
- Shell Pasta - 1 cup
- Dried Oregano - 1 tsp
- Dried Basil - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Freshly crushed pepper - 1 tsp
- Grated cheese while serving - as required Parmesan will go well, but you can choose your favorite
- Water - 4 cups
- Boil the three tomatoes in 4 cups of water till the skin peels off. It will take upto 12-15 minutes
- While the tomatoes are getting done, chop the shallots, celery, carrots and zucchini.
- Let the tomatoes cool, peel the skin and chop them into chunks.
- Heat the pan and add oil.
- Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute till they are translucent.
- Now add the chopped veggies, oregano, basil and salt and Mix well.
- Let it cook for up to 3-4 minutes.
- Now add the tomato chunks and mix well.
- Add the pasta and vegetable broth.
- Let the pasta cook in the vegetable broth for 8-10 minutes till they are all done.
- Finally add the beans and crushed pepper and let it cook for another 3 minutes.