Health & Fitness Friday: Healthy Minestrone Soup Recipe

Hi Guys!

Soup has always been one of my favourite things to eat since I was a little kid. My favourites have been Cream of Broccoli, Chicken Noodle and Vegetable soup. With the latter of the three being the most healthy option, I really enjoy making my own soup from scratch at home because it helps me know what's in it. Canned soups contain tons of sodium, unnecessary calories and the like and so if you can make something like that on your own, I really encourage you to go and do it! My husband and I love making different kinds of soup all the time and especially since the weather is getting colder, this is the perfect time to try your hand at this super healthy Minestrone Soup recipe that we make every time we get the craving for it!

Ingredients

2 Cartons of Vegetable Broth (low sodium) (It is preferred since the flavour really adds to the soup)
1 Carton of Chicken/Beef Broth (low sodium)
1 Package of fresh assorted vegetables
1 Small onion
1 Can of assorted beans
1 Can of tomato sauce
1 Box of pasta of your choice (the smaller in size, the better)
2 tsp of Italian seasoning
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of basil
1 tsp of garlic salt
 
Directions

  • Start by using a big pot and add the cartons of broth and heat to a simmer.

  • Chop up all the vegetables and dice half the onion so they are small enough to not take up a lot of the soup and the onion doesn't over power it either.

  • Add your can of tomato sauce (we use a chunky tomato sauce) to the pot and stir once the broth is at a simmer. This will give it the minestrone flavour and the oils add a delicious flavour to it.

  • Drain your beans first and then toss them into the pot and stir it all together.

  • After you've chopped all your veggies, add them to the pot and mix it well.

  • As the veggies, beans and soup base are simmering, add in your seasoning, pepper, basil and garlic salt. Crank the heat to high until it starts to boil and then switch over to medium heat.

  • In a separate pot, boil some water for your pasta. This will ensure the pasta doesn't soak up the broth if you were to cook it all together. This will take you about 5-10 mins depending on the pasta you use. And that's pretty much it!

This whole process should take about 30 mins. It's the little things that make all the difference, whether it be adding a peice of fruit into your diet and taking something not-so-healthy out of the equation or making something from scratch that you would normally go out to a restaurant to eat. I just love cuddling up with a bowl of yummy soup these days. Not only is it healthier for me compared to going out to eat, but it also helps the budget! ;) The weather is only going to get colder so this is the time when I like cooking healthy meals at home as much as I can and if you've got the time, you really should do it too and end the year on a healthier note :)

Do you enjoy making your own soups? Or do you prefer buying it premade?!

Hugs, Kisses & Glitter,

Kelly

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