Comfort Minestrone Soup

Comfort Minestrone Soup

Looking for a cozy and comforting soup while staying home? Last Sunday, my mom welcomed me home with this Comfort Minestrone Soup. Let me tell you… it’s wholesome, hearty, and oh so comforting! 

I’m currently at my Mom’s house in Ohio as we stay quarantined during the Caronavirus Pandemic. We’re able to cook + share meals together, along with my brother, which has been a light amidst all the unknowns right now. Hopefully by sharing this recipe, you’ll receive a little light today, too. 

This Comfort Minestrone Soup is a great Vegetarian lunch or dinner option paired with crusty bread. It has white beans for a plant-based protein + a wide range of vegetables, helping you meet your nutritional needs. Not to mention, it leaves you feeling warm + cozy, like you’ve been wrapped in a blanket! 

Comfort Minestrone Soup

Ingredients 

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup diced onion (½ large onion)
  • 1 cup diced celery (2 large salks) 
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash 
  • 5-6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can cannellini beans
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup tubetti pasta, dry (or similar type of pasta)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, carrots, and squash. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until veggies start to soften. Add garlic in during the last few minutes to prevent burning. 
  2. Add veggie broth, tomato sauce, garlic powder, basil, and oregano. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a separate pot according to package directions. 
  4. Add cooked pasta and beans to the soup. Stir until well combined and heat everything is heated through. Add salt to taste. If the soup is too thick add extra broth. 
  5. Serve with crusty bread and top with parmesan or white cheese. 

Tips

  • Use already peeled and cubed butternut squash to save time.  
  • If you don’t have Tubetti pasta, you can sub for whatever type you have on hand. 
  • Cooking the pasta separately really helps so the pasta doesn’t turn out slimy and it preserves some of the broth in the soup. 

Did you make this Comfort Minestrone Soup? 

As always, share your feedback! Comment, share, or tag us on Instagram @everglownutrition. What are your favorite stay-at-home comfort food recipes? If you like this soup, you might enjoy Deb’s Veggie Chili.

 

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