The Italian cuisine and Mediterranean diet involve numerous dishes that are not only delicious, savory, and delightful but also healthy. One of which is ‘Minestrone’, which is definitely a symbol of traditional Italian cuisine.
What Is Minestrone?
Minestrone is a type of soup. Unlike some of the soup recipes out there, this one here is really rich because it consists of vegetables and pasta or, sometimes, rice. Often times, stock, carrots, beans, tomatoes, celery, and onions are added to it. And you have the option to add more vegetables that you want in it. So can you imagine now how colorful this soup is? In fact, the more colorful it is, the better because that means more nutrients.
Furthermore, minestrone can contain meat. Or, if you are a vegetarian, then you can just stick to the vegetables. Either way, it would still be a win-win.
What Are the Health Benefits?
The secret to having a bowl of nutritious minestrone is to add more vegetables to it. Like what we have said, the more, the better. The higher the nutritional value would be. The health benefits that you’d get to enjoy from it would highly depend on the ingredients that you utilize. With this, I highly suggest that you use vegetables that are in season. For instance, if you add radishes and tomatoes to it, you will benefit big time from the lycopene that they contain. Not to mention the antioxidants.
With greens, you’ll get fiber, which is essential for weight management. They are also great in strengthening your immune system.
Made with various vegetables, this amazing soup recipe is, without a doubt, very good for your health. Whatever the season is, minestrone with vegetables and pasta should be one of your staple food.
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 large onion (diced)
1 large carrot (diced)
2 stalks celery (diced)
1 1/2 c. green beans (trimmed and cut into 1/2 inches)
1 tsp. each dried oregano and basil
1 can unsalted diced tomatoes (28 oz)
6 c. chicken broth
1 can kidney beans (15 oz)
salt and pepper
1 c. pasta (of your choice)
1/3 c. parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh basil (chopped)
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over high heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until translucent.
- Add celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes or until they start to soften.
- Add green beans, oregano, and basil. Cook for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken broth as well as the diced and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in pasta and kidney beans. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Season with more salt if needed.
- Top with parsley and grated parmesan cheese before serving.
You can use any type of pasta that you want (spaghetti, spiral, macaroni, etc.). If desired, substitute the pasta with rice.
- Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
If you do not want pasta, noodles, or rice in your minestrone, you can eat it on its own. Or, you have the option to match it with bread as well.
There’s nothing more that you could ever ask if you have minestrone with vegetables and pasta. It is super nutritious, filling, satisfying, and delightful. Make a huge batch and feel free to store some in your fridge.