Years ago I had a neighbor who made delicious homemade soup. Raised on canned soup, I viewed homemade soup as exotic and wonderful. I imagined hours of labor and careful measuring of ingredients. Now I understand why my friend always seemed perplexed by my admiration. Soup can be one of the easiest and quickest meals to prepare. This Quick Veggie Minestrone Soup is a perfect example.
I like to make soup in my slow cooker, but there are times when I need to put a meal together more quickly. (Read more about my meal-planning challenges under Why I’m An Unlikely Food Blogger.) This Quick Veggie Minestrone Soup can be made in less than 30 minutes with ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.
Quick Veggie Minestrone Soup
I sing the praises of canned tomatoes, canned beans, frozen veggies and pasta in the article 6 Processed Foods That Will Help You Eat Healthier. Keeping your pantry and freezer stocked with these ingredients is a great time saver. This Quick Veggie Minestrone Soup is made with:
- Vegetable broth*
- Canned tomatoes and tomato paste
- Frozen mixed vegetables
- Canned kidney beans
(*Somehow I managed to overlook the benefits of prepared low-sodium vegetable broth when I wrote the article. It’s another great time saver!)
Making your own soup gives you control over its contents. The simple ingredients listed above, along with some herbs and spices, make a thick, hearty, satisfying meal.
When my daughter returned from basketball practice she tried to steal the bowl in the middle of my photo shoot!
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.