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Spinach Minestrone Soup (GF, DF)

Soul warming minestrone soup in clear broth with tons of goodies!

minestrone-soup-spinach Its been in 90’s here lately and super humid. I know most people will be defended at the thought of being served a hot cup of soup during this time of the year with weather like this! But not me! Somedays all you want to have after a hard day’s work is a soul warming soup with lots of goodies.

This soup is exactly what I wanted for dinner yesterday. After testing three recipes, photographing, editing, writing and some other work, I was left with no energy at all. I wanted something filling yet healthy. That’s where this soup comes in. Best part it has only max 20 mins of hands on time. After that thrown in everything in a big pot and let it simmer for good 1 hour. That time you can use for may be catching up on your favorite book, watching your favorite show or if you are like me, drooling over all the food on my favorite sites!

minestrone-soup-spinach Here in US we have a restaurant “Carrabas” who serves Italian food. I visited it for the first time few days back and I really liked the way they made their minestrone. Beans, chickpeas, potatoes, celery, kale, carrots, green beans and other goodies all cooked in a clear broth. I decided to make it for dinner as it was a perfect meal in itself. Throw in some bread with this soup and I can call it a meal!

minestrone-soup-spinach I modified it a little bit with whatever I had in my pantry and I must say it tasted much better than the restaurant version. I used vegetarian broth but you can by all means use a good chicken broth as well. It’s a clean soup with  only salt, black pepper and oregano used in the name of spices and with a very good flavor profile.


P.S Perfect for dinner tonight?!

Spinach Minestrone Soup

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup red kidney beans, uncooked, cleaned, soaked in warm water
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow or red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 4 small celery sticks or 1 long celery stick, chopped
  • 1 medium size carrot, chopped in small chunks
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 small medium size zucchini, chopped in small chunks
  • 1-2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cup vegetarian broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • bunch of fresh spinach, chopped

In a pot, add 4 cups water, bay leaf, red chili flakes, 1 tsp garlic paste and red kidney beans (rinsed and discard the soaking water). Bring it to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium for 1/2 hour or until beans get cooked.

Meanwhile, take a deep pot. Add olive oil. Once oil gets hot, add onions and 1/2 tsp garlic. Saute and cook until onions are softened through. Add celery, carrots and oregano. Cook for few minutes and add zucchini and potato. Cook for another few more minutes and add tomatoes, basil leaves, broth. Stir it all together. To it add the cooked red kidney beans along with the liquid they cooked into. Stir it all together. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and let it simmer for an hour for the flavors to develop.

Once ready, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add lemon juice if desired. Add chopped spinach and stir. Serve hot with parmesan cheese (optional).

39 comments… add one

  • ela@GrayApron July 9, 2014, 10:52

    Nice, I like that you used fresh spinach. Next time, I will too!

    ela h.

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Ela!!

  • Ema @ On the flavor road July 9, 2014, 10:52

    Amy! Your style minestrone sounds nice :)! In Genova we make it thicker and we add pesto in the end and the parmesan crust while it is cooking :)!
    Hugs and love my dear :)!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      I love the way you make it too!!! I can only imagine how good will it be with all that pesto! Doing it next time totally!! Love and hugs :*

  • Bri | Bites of Bri July 10, 2014, 10:52

    I love soup because you can pack in so many veggies for such a light and healthy meal. I’ll pin this for when it cools off though because when I eat soup during summer, I end up overheating :)

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Haha you are funny girl!! Thanks for stopping by though!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) July 10, 2014, 10:52

    When summer gardens all full of wonderful vegetables, it make perfect sense to make soup. Yours sounds terrific.

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      I totally second you Karen!!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 10, 2014, 10:52

    Minestrone Soup is my favourite type of soup. Your looks great with spinach. Thanks for sharing 😉

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks girl!

  • cheri July 10, 2014, 10:52

    I love soup anytime of the year, this looks wonderful, love the addition of fresh spinach.

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Cheri!!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 10, 2014, 10:52

    I love minestrone soup (although a bit too hot for it here at the moment), but haven’t put spinach in it before. Great idea!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Dannii. It tasted really good with all that fresh spinach!

  • Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong July 10, 2014, 10:52

    What a simple and hearty and a healthy soup!! perfect dinner.. :)

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks girl!

  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven July 10, 2014, 10:52

    I love a good minestrone soup and this would be a perfect fast dinner with these busy summer nights we have around here! Loving all the spinach you packed inside. :)

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Sarah and yes it’s perfect for crazy week nights!! I am thinking of making it during weekends and using it for those week nights!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 10, 2014, 10:52

    I love minestrone soup and absolutely love that you added spinach to it. Definitely gives it a new and creative twist! Pinning this for the future!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Gayle!! Yes you should give this a try!

  • kristie @ birchandwild.com July 10, 2014, 10:52

    Soup of any kind is one of my go-to meals. You can do so much with a few vegetables and some spices. This soup looks light and healthy, perfect for a summer day.

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Kristie!!

  • Caitlin @ teaspoon July 11, 2014, 10:52

    It’s been raining here the past 2 weeks, so bring on the soup! looks yummy!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Seriously isn’t soup the best food for gloomy rainy weather?!!

  • Ashley July 11, 2014, 10:52

    I can eat soup all year round! We just had corn chowder the other night :) This looks so delicious!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Ashley I must have that corn chowder recipe!! Sounds too good!

  • Daniela July 11, 2014, 10:52

    I love Minestrone at any time of the year.
    It’s comfort food at it’s best ad your version looks specially delicious.

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Daniela!!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 11, 2014, 10:52

    Yum! I love soup, it’s so comforting and delicious :) And it’s vegan too!

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Yes it is!! Thanks for commenting girl!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook July 12, 2014, 10:52

    I enjoy good and healthy soup all year around! Very comforting and perfect meal to end the busy day at home! :)

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Nami.

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane July 12, 2014, 10:52

    There’s nothing like a good minestrone. This one seems perfect for summer, actually. Very light and healthy. :-)

    • naivecookcooks July 12, 2014, 10:52

      Thanks Helen. Yes it is seriously very light and if I must say so “a delicious healthy meal”!

  • Jules @ WolfItDown July 14, 2014, 10:52

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who is found cooking up soups and stews in the middle of the Summer, you can get away with it whenever it’s not AS warm and bright outside though, I mean…there’s a reason why the nomads drink hot tea in the desert! …Right? This minestrone looks wonderful :) x

    • naivecookcooks July 17, 2014, 10:52

      Ha I agree with you totally!!! Hehe

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine July 17, 2014, 10:52

    Yummy. Minestrone is my favorite meal. I order it out all the time, and make so many variations at home. I recently posted a summer minestrone recipe as well– I’m going to have to try a touch of lemon juice the next time I make it. Sounds like a good touch to the broth!

    • naivecookcooks July 17, 2014, 10:52

      Yes actually I feel touch of lemon imparts that much needed oomph factor to our usual minestrone!

  • Anita September 11, 2014, 10:52

    Hello Ami!
    Your Spinach Minestrone Soup has got so many beautiful and healthy ingredients. Love when it is a bit spicy as well!

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