Vegetarian Minestrone Milan Style!
By: Kecia’s Flavor Breakthrough/KeciasKreations
I am forever on the lookout for things that I can make to take for lunches at work or a satisfying dinner, this recipe doubles for both! Hearty, healthy and great for freezing to have later. I got this idea while watching Bizarre Food Delicious Destinations. I love minestrone soup, but when I saw this version using Arborio Rice instead of noodles I flipped! I am totally a rice girl, much more so than noodles. It is great to make in winter or summer, using whatever vegetables you have on hand. This time I used zucchini, tomatoes and fresh herbs from my garden!
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, julienned
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, minced
- 1 medium zucchini, cubed
- 2 cups rehydrated kidney beans (or canned, drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup cut green beans, fresh or frozen
- ½ peas, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. celery salt
- 2 tsp, good veggie base (I use Better Than Bouillon)
- Kosher salt to taste
- ¾ cup Arborio rice
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, (optional and more or less to your taste)
- 2 cups baby spinach, julienned
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion and bell pepper. Cook until onion becomes slightly translucent. Add the garlic and herbs, stir and cook until they become fragrant. Add the zucchini, kidney beans, green beans, and peas. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes and broth. Add the balance of the ingredients up to the spinach. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until rice is tender and veggies are cooked. Now add the spinach and cook an additional minute. Test the seasonings and adjust to taste. This soup might possibly be my new favorite soup! So good!
Serve hot, maybe with a bit of shaved parmesan and a piece of crusty bread.