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 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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)

DIRECTIONS:

  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 🙂

Ratings

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. 😉

Jess’s Taste Rating: 

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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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