Whenever I am looking for a healthy meal that will get all my veggies in and still be delicious, I reach for this healthy and hearty minestrone soup. With over 10 different plants, this is a great way to get a veggie boost in your meal rotation.
What to Serve with Minestrone Soup
There is so much in this minestrone soup you can really serve it on its own. If you want to have an additional side to the meal you could serve it along side some gluten free bread, a side salad like this spinach and arugula apple salad, or even some sweet potato fries.
Does Minestrone Soup always have pasta?
A main characteristic of minestrone soup is that is has some type of small pasta in it. One of my favorites to use is shells. To keep this a completely gluten-free minestrone soup you need to make sure to use a gluten free pasta. I typically reach for a brown rice pasta. I think this tastes the best and holds its shape very well in the soup.
My go to gluten free pasta for this soup is the Jovial Brown Rice Shells.
Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup Ingredients and Substitution
- Veggies: My favorite part about this soup is that is is loaded with tons of veggies. This minestrone soup has everything from onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, zucchini, garlic, spinach, and peas. What is great about it is you can also swap out the veggies based on the time of year and what is in season. You could add in green beans, kale, or peppers to mix up the healthy fresh vegetables in the soup.
- Tomatoes: For the tomatoes in this recipe I use one can of tomato paste and one large can of diced tomatoes. This helps give the soup a depth of flavor and a few different textures. You could also use crushed tomatoes if that is what you can on hand. I have not tried using fresh tomatoes in this recipe. My guess is you would need to cook it much longer to cook out some of the extra water.
- Vegetable Broth: The main base of the soup is vegetable broth. You can use regular store bought veggie broth or homemade broth. I personally love to use Better Than Bouillon vegetarian based. You just mix a little bit with water and it creates a really flavorful broth without needing to buy a bunch of tubs of vegetable broth. You could also use chicken broth if you have that on hand.
- Pasta: A staple in the minestrone soup is some type of small pasta shape. I love to use shells but you could also use any other type of pasta such as rigatoni, ditalini, or elbow pasta. Just make sure to use small shapes if you can. To keep this recipe gluten-free make sure to get a gluten-free pasta variety. I love the Jovial brown rice pastas in this recipe.
- Beans: White beans are a great addition to this soup. It adds a nice creamy texture and a boost of protein. My favorite is great northern white beans but you could also use cannellini beans, chickpeas, pinto, or kidney beans if that is what you can on hand.
How to store leftover minestrone soup
This hearty soup is great if you are cooking for a large group or if you want to save it for leftover meals. To enjoy this healthy soup throughout the week, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to store it for longer you can freeze it in a freezer container for up to 3 months.
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This classic minestrone soup is one of my favorite recipes to make throughout the year. It's healthy, delicious, and an easy way to pack in a bunch of plant powered foods. I hope you enjoy it!