Filled with veggies, chickpea pasta, lots of flavor, and a savory broth- this might be the best minestrone you will ever taste! The perfect cozy meal for chilly nights.
I LOVE soup season. Actually that is a lie. I hate the cold. Wish it could be warm year round. All seasons are soup season for me because I will eat it any time. But I do LOVE soup so I am glad when I get the chance to eat it without people looking at me weird. And it has been cold and rainy here in Atlanta lately so this is the perfect time to make a big batch of this warm and cozy soup!
I also have always loved minestrone. I love all the veggies and the noodles and the warm broth. Here I decided to make it extra healthy by adding in even more veggies, using gluten free chickpea pasta which is higher in protein and fiber than regular wheat pasta, and it is just as delicious if not more!
Once you try this and are in the mood for some more cozy soups be sure to check out my fall flavors soup (also love that all year round), my creamy lasagna soup, and if you dig the chickpea pasta be sure to check out my chickpea pasta chicken noodle soup for a fun spin on our traditional fave!
Let’s Make the BEST Minestrone!
The fun part about this recipe is that you can make it your own. That is what we did! We added zucchini which isn’t in traditional minestrone, as well as cannelini beans, and we used Banza chickpea pasta!
I love chickpea pasta because it has a lot more protein and fiber, and therefore less net carbs, than traditional wheat pasta. While I don’t discriminate against traditional pasta anymore like I used to when I really struggled with my eating disorder, I do like to have this as a healthier option!
And Banza has so many fun shapes. We chose the casarecce because it is the perfect “slurp” noodle! the broth really gets in there and it is so yummy 🙂
So my only suggestions if you add other veggies is know when to add them – if they are “crunchier” veggies that need to be softened, add them when you add your celery and carrots. If they are already pretty soft you can add them later with your beans!
My last suggestion on this, if you are not vegan, is to try it with a bone broth for added benefits too! (I like Bonafide Provisions).
In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:
- a large pot (we used our dutch oven)
- a big ladle/spoon to stir everything with as you go
Enjoy your cozy meal!Print
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