Let’s Eat Some Soup!

It’s time to shower yourself with much love via this hearty springtime soup, a very rewarding warm bowl of comfort during this happy season. This Springtime Minestrone is so easy to whip up, and is so delicious- you just won’t get enough!

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My plant-based kitchen has always been so reliable whenever I think of creating something powerful for the mind, body and spirit! I started to check all my recipe ingredients on my list and moved on to chopping, mincing, and cooking! If you are a minestrone fanatic, you will certainly love this simple soup because of how tasty it turned out, plus the texture is amazingly interesting. All the rockstar ingredients like the chickpeas, all the other veggies work equally well in this tomato-enriched broth. Adding to its yumminess, is the healthy factor that goes with this recipe. All the nutrition you will need for a day to energize and load up your body with a lot of the good stuff is found in this soup. Let me start of with all the health benefits of chickpeas!

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So, I will say it once more- let’s eat some soup!

Springtime Minestrone

Ingredients:

1 small onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 large carrots, sliced

3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped (additional thinly shredded basil for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic with a little water until softened. Add carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, add thyme sprigs, and cook for 2 minutes more.
  2. Smash ½ cup chickpeas to form paste. Add the smashed and whole chickpeas, broth and 2 cups water to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add basil and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Thin soup with broth or water if necessary, and adjust the seasoning as your prefer. Remove thyme sprigs. Serve and enjoy!

Question: What could be the perfect partner for this minestrone? What other ingredients do you wish to add to this recipe?  Any requests for future recipes? I would love to hear from you, so post your feedback in the comments section below!

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