Joan’s Healthy Recipes
How you doin’? If you watched the Rose Parade on TV this year then you know that SoCal has been much colder than usual making it soup time. Soups are the perfect warming foods… from your tummy to the cockles of your heart. This is a traditional Italian soup recipe full of healthful, nourishing ingredients including lots of vegetables, beans and tomatoes. It’s a meal you will want to cozy up with not only when it’s chilly outside, but any time of year.
Minestrone has a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. Its popularity began to take off in the 2nd century BC when Rome conquered different regions of Italy. During this time of geographic growth, a wide variety of new vegetables were introduced.
Minestrone varies by season and by region: In the northern region of Lombardy, minestrone might include pasta and winter squash; farther south, in Tuscany, cannellini beans and cabbage or kale; in the coastal city of Genoa in the northwestern region of Liguria, it could be finished with pesto (my favorite). Joan’s Instant Pot Minestrone Soup as written is one of the very best Instant Pot soup recipes. It's full-flavored, easy to make, and healthy, too!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4 minutes
Pressure release time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: only 285 calories per serving
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups chopped Yukon gold potatoes 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 28-ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes, drained
1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, cannellini beans or Great Northern beans (rinsed and drained)
3/4 cup dry short pasta (small shells or elbow pasta), cooked separately
1/2 cup chopped green beans
For Finishing (optional, for serving)
A splash of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (skip if keeping vegetarian)
ChefSecret: Joan’s Healthy Recipe Minestrone is merely a suggestion of ingredients that can be used. You can vary the vegetables in this soup depending on what you have in the refrigerator and your personal taste.
Quip of the Day: “I saw this guy on the scale in the gym the other day sucking in his stomach. I said, ‘that’s not going to do any good to lower the weight.’ ‘Sure it is,’ he replied, ‘that’s the only way I can see the dial on the scale.’”
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