Best Minestrone

So, as I prepare for chemo rounds 2 to 8 I have been focusing on being as healthy as possible, as active as possible and eating all my favourite foods 🙂

I thought I would start sharing my favourite recipes with you all 🙂 So today is Minestrone soup. It is warm, hearty, full of protein, vegetables and I always feels so light after it 🙂 I do modify most recipes a bit to suit my taste, for this one I used bone broth instead of vegetable broth, more taste and WAY more protein.

A bald head serving delicious Minestrone 🙂


  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 sprig rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups tubular (ditalini) pasta
  • 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving (or Romano)


  1. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato pesto, Parmesan rind, vegetable stock, water, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves to a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  2. Add in red kidney beans, great northern beans, zucchini, and pasta and cook on high heat for an additional 20- 25 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir in the spinach and green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes until heated through. Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese and garlic toasts.

Credit to the Little Spice Jar for such a great recipe 🙂


Since this is my first time using this rating system I figure I should explain it.

I will give each recipe two taste ratings. Jess’s Taste rating is out of 5 stars. Chuck (my boyfriend) has a taste rating out of 5 pokeballs (we are 2 nerds, and we know it ;)). I will also give each recipe a spoonie rating. A spoonie rating is how many spoons of energy it takes to make each recipe. 1 to 5 spoons. The lower the spoon rating the less energy I needed. 😉

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As you can see this recipe was super easy to make and DELICIOUS. This soup is a staple at our place, and going to be a staple as i fight through chemo :). Let me know if you make it!

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