Hearty Minestrone Soup
Servings Prep Time
5-6people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40minutes 20minutes
  • 2cloves garlicchopped
  • 1 red onion(s)chopped
  • 1 carrot(s)chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper(s)chopped
  • 1 potatoeschopped
  • 2cups cilantrochopped
  • 1cup button mushroom(s)sliced
  • 1 red onion(s)chopped
  • 1bunches bok choychopped, stems and leaves separated
  • 6cups veggie broth
  • 115 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 115 oz. can white beans
  • 1/2 cup red lentilsuncooked
  • 1cup whole-wheat spiral pasta
  • 2tsp dried basil
  • 2tsp dried oregano
  • 2tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2cups waterfor sautéeing
  • 1/2 avocado(s)Optional Topping
  • 2Tbsp nutritional yeastOptional Topping
  • 2Tbsp Fresh BasilOptional Topping
  1. This recipe, like all VC recipes, uses water to steam-sauté the ingredients. Keep water on hand and add to the pan as needed.
  2. Heat a large soup pot on medium-low heat and add 1/4 cup of the water. Sauté the garlic and onion for 1 minute. Add water as needed to sauté.
  3. Add a 1/2 cup of water, carrots and potatoes and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add in the bell pepper, eggplant, mushrooms bok choy stems and chopped tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute. Then add in the basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir and coat the vegetables well.
  5. Add the veggie broth, lentils, pasta and fire-roasted tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. After the 10 minute simmer, add the beans and simmer for another 10 minutes. Check the soup for taste and adjust seasonings as needed. The veggies should be tender. If they aren’t, cook a bit longer until tender.
  7. Add the bok choy leaves, salt, pepper and red wine vinegar. Let simmer 10 more minutes or longer and check to make sure the pasta is cooked. If you have time to let the flavors develop even more, otherwise it is ready to serve!
  8. Top with fresh basil, nutritional yeast and a little avocado.