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Minestrone Soup

Your back to school dinner solution! Serve with crusty bread and you have a whole meal.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, grated

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups white beans or kidney beans, cooked, drained, and rinsed

1 cup chopped green beans

4 cups vegetable broth

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3/4 cup small pasta, elbows, shells, orecchiette

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Pinches of red pepper flakes

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional, for serving


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, salt, and several grinds of black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the garlic, tomatoes, beans, green beans, broth, bay leaves, oregano, and thyme. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in the pasta and cook, uncovered, for 10 more minutes, until the pasta is cooked through.

Season to taste and serve with parsley, red pepper flakes, and parmesan, if desired.

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