Very Veggie Minestrone
A wonderful soup to master, and eat everyday in cooler weather.
A meal in a bowl! Hearty and Healthy.
In a large soup pot (I used enameled cast iron) add 2 T. olive oil, set the heat to low.
Add the onions, leeks and garlic and cook, stirring until tender, but not colored, about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes from their juice, keeping the juice.
Chop the tomatoes in large pieces, remove seeds if desired.
Add the next 9 ingredients (celery through marash pepper) and the cooked garbanzo beans.
Raise the heat to medium, add the remaining 1 T. olive oil and stir all ingredients to coat.
Cook, stirring until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the 6 cups of stock, tomatoes juice (will have 2 cups.)
Bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add 2 cups of pasta and the green and waxed beans, cook uncovered for 3 – 5 minutes until very al dente – they will continue to cook in the hot broth, and thicken it too!
Now taste for salt, add 1/2 teaspoon and stir – this will depend on the salt content of your stock.
Remove the pot from the stove, and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
*Soak garbanzo beans in water to cover overnight. Drain, add to a pot with filtered water to cover by 1 inch. Cook until tender (do not salt, will toughen), about 30 minutes. “To the bite is good, they will continue to cook in the soup.
~ Add 2 T. fresh herbs to the pot, or to individual bowls of soup. Basil leaves, thyme leaves, chopped rosemary…
~ Add a dollop of you favorite pesto to each bowl.
~ Grate some aged cheese on top, such as parmigiano reggiano or aged gouda.
~ Float some great quality fruity extra virgin olive oil on top of each portion of soup… RECOMMENDED!
~ Slice some kale or spinach finely, and add to the soup with the pasta, toward the end – when the soup is simmering.
~ Serve with crusty, warm bread for dipping.
The soup is cooked uncovered, otherwise the veggies will be overcooked.
Use other beans if you like, substituting the garbanzo beans. Borlotti (cranberry beans) are creamy in texture.
Quinoa pasta make this soup Gluten-Free.