I’ve always loved minestrone soup so seeing as it’s fall I decided to make a minestrone filled with the veggies of the season. This soup is incredibly hearty and filling even though it’s vegetarian. It’s a lot of dicing since there are so many veggies but you can take short cuts and use some pre-cut veggies like I did. I hate cutting butternut squash so I’ve been loving the pre-cut packages of it at the store. I’m willing to pay the little bit extra if it means I don’t have to spend forever peeling and cutting that solid vegetable.
This minestrone tastes pretty similar the Slow Cooker Minestrone I have posted but rather this one uses yukon gold potatoes, butternut squash and kale. One thing I found that I didn’t think was necessary in this recipe is the ditalini pasta since you already have the starchy potatoes and kidney beans. I listed it as optional and I think I’ll try it without next time. It did keep it hearty and filling though. If you do use it you may want to add a little more broth after the soup rests because it will begin to soak it up.
I love vegetable soups and this one is a great way to get a good portion of veggies into your daily diet. It will also make great left overs for lunch for the next few days!
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Autumn Minestrone Soup
A hearty healthy soup packed with seasonal autumn vegetables! Perfect comforting recipe on a chilly day.
- 2 medium carrots , diced
- 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced yukon gold potatoes
- 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced butternut squash (I bought it pre-cut)
- 1 medium zucchini , ends trimmed, sliced into half moons or quarters
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 2 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary or oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
- 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup dry ditalini pasta (optional)
- 2 cups packed chopped kale (thick ribs removed)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can red or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- Shredded parmesan cheese , for serving (optional)
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
- Stir in vegetable broth, potatoes, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to a boil then and stir in pasta if using. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and and simmer until veggies are nearly tender, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in kale and kidney beans and cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves, serve warm with parmesan cheese.
- Recipe source: adapted from My Recipes