As part of the new year, I am trying to prepare more fruit and veggies for my family like big bowls of Minestrone Soup. This can be challenging in the winter when fresh fruits are harder to find. However, at this time of year, there is always an abundance of root vegetables at your markets.
There is nothing like a big bowl of hearty soup on a cold winters day. I remember my grandmother just pulling things out of her pantry and fridge and creating these amazing soups in a pinch.
Minestrone is such a wonderful dish and while this recipe does require some shopping beforehand, it is well worth it and also I adapted it to be a gluten free soup recipe.
Don’t you just love one pot meals. You have everything you need for a hearty winter supper in one bowl. Plus this minestrone soup is just beaming with fresh vegetables that the kids won’t realize you are trying to sneak in some nutrition.
Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup Recipe
We are not a gluten free family but I decided to try to get substitutes when I could find them. Let’s face it, the garlic bread slices I served on the side are the real thing, everything in moderation my grandmother would say.
Just look at this display of fresh veggies that go into this soup. I purchased pre-cut butternut squash b/c I was feeling lazy! I also decided to use some Italian or Dinasour Kale instead of Spinach.
The most unhealthy part of this recipe is the pancetta. And honestly, I really could not taste it so if you don’t like pancetta just use a little more olive oil.
You just add all the veggies and allow it to simmer away.
How can you make Minestrone Soup Gluten Free?
I used a gluten-free elbow macaroni but next time I would use a smaller amount or 2)use a smaller sized pasta.
Can I make minestrone soup ahead of time?
Of course, sometimes soup is actually better after a day.
DO NOT ADD PASTA IF YOU ARE MAKING IT AHEAD OF TIME.
Pasta tends to absorb all the broth in soups. This is also the time to add your pesto to the hearty soup recipe. I prepared the minestrone soup earlier in the day and right before serving I boiled the pasta and added it then.
Be sure to pin this for the next time you are looking for a comforting soup recipe that is gluten free.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 935 Total Fat 33g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 22g Cholesterol 54mg Sodium 2569mg Carbohydrates 110g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 16g Sugar 34g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 54g
Adapted from Ina Garten
What is your favorite winter time soup recipe?