Unfortunately, most recipes for this rustic dish include ingredients like Pancetta, chicken broth, and Parmesan ... items which don't fit into a vegan lifestyle.
I recently tried a vegetarian version at a restaurant. Sadly, it was very bland. So I turned to the Internet for inspiration. I found recipes but, again, they lacked flavor.
So, I headed into the kitchen and, thinking about the bold flavors in my Grandmother's soup, I started creating. The result is an easy-to-make, hearty soup with a lot of flavor. I hope you and your family enjoy it.
Vegan Minestrone Soup
- 1 Can tomatoes with juice (if there isn't much juice, add some water)
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion (small), diced
- 1/2 teaspoon Amino liquids
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pinch hot pepper flakes (or to your taste)
- Splash of vegan Worcestershire sauce
- Splash of liquid smoke
- 1 pinch of saffron (opt)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1-1/3 Cup mixed vegetables (fresh, frozen, any variety)
- 1 Cup kidney beans (cooked)
- 2 Cups potato, diced
- 2 Cups broccoli
- Combine the first 16 ingredients in a sturdy soup pot. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 20 minutes.
- Add in the vegetables, beans, potatoes, broccoli and enough water to cover the vegetables (add more if you like your soup brothy). Bring to a gentle boil and cook for another 15 minutes or until potatoes and vegetables are tender (or cooked to your preference).
- Adjust seasoning.
- Serve with a loaf of rustic bread.
- This recipe is very versatile. We like a blend of Italian vegetables but any combination of vegetables will work.
- For a twist, try other varieties of beans (chickpeas are wonderful in this soup).
- If you like pasta in your Minestrone, add it in during the last 7-10 minutes of cooking. Be sure to adjust the salt accordingly.
- Lentils are a lovely addition to this dish ... try adding 1/4 - 1/2 cup at the beginning of cooking.
- Rice can be added to the soup. Add it towards the end, allowing enough time for it to cook according to the package instructions.
- While Spanish Saffron is lovely, one can use the less expensive varieties found on the grocery store shelf.
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