How to make homemade minestrone soup! This hearty soup is great for the fall when you can use gleanings from the garden. It’s filling but not heavy like cream soups. It’s just a great healthy vegetarian soup! Serve it up with warm bread sticks right out of the oven and you’ve got the perfect meal ready in under an hour!

What you’ll need:
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup green beans, fresh or frozen (75g)
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, grated
1 rib celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15.5oz can) light red kidney beans (439g)
1 (15.5oz can) great northern beans (439g)
1 (14.5oz can) stewed tomatoes (411g)
32 ounces vegetable broth (1.9L)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaf
3 cups water (700ml)
2 ounces spinach (2 cups fresh or 1/4 box frozen) (30g)
1/2 cup dried pasta (50g)
parmesan cheese (optional)

In a large dutch oven or soup pot, saute the zucchini, green beans, onion, carrot and celery over medium-high heat. When the onions become translucent, add garlic and saute another few minutes.

Add in kidney and great northern beans as well as the tomatoes, vegetable stock, seasonings and salt. Bring to a boil and turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add in water, spinach and dry pasta. Again, bring to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until pasta is cooked to your liking. Serve with breadsticks and parmesan cheese.

Makes about 10 cups of soup. Serves 4 well. Enjoy!

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