Spice in the Kitchen: Easy Vegan Minestrone Soup

Yesterday, I was completely under the weather. My husband wanted to make me soup, but bless his his heart, all he can do is boil vegetables. I told him I would give him a recipe for minestrone from the couch based on what veggies we had on hand. You know what? We make a great team because the soup turned out so awesome. See, honey, you CAN cook!

Easy Vegan Minestrone Soup


  • 4 qts. veggie broth* (approximately)
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2-6 tsp of salt (To taste: depends if you made your own broth or used store bought.)
  • 2 large stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots (peeled and thickly sliced)
  • 2 cups of French green beans (or regular green beans) (ends removed, chopped to 2" pieces)
  • 2 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 6 leaves of kale (de-stemed, chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 16 oz can of beans (we used cannellini, but kidney beans work too)
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup of pasta (elbow, stars, anything small works)
  • 1 1/2 cups of crushed tomato sauce


  1. In a large soup pan, sauté the spices briefly in olive oil and add celery, then broth and salt and pepper. Bring broth to a boil.
  2. Add carrots and green beans. Let boil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add  potatoes. Let boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add kale. Let boil for 5 more minutes.
  5. Add pasta. (Alternately, you can cook pasta separately and add to soup when finished.) Let go for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add beans, peas and tomato sauce. Turn down heat and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes with a lid partially covering the pan.
  7. Test saltiness and add salt. You  don't want to overdo it with salt in the beginning; leaving the last salting to the end ensures you won't end up with an overly salty soup. 
  8. Enjoy!

Shop the props!
Tea Towel: Skinny Laminx
Soup Bowl: Russel Wright
Wooden Trivet: Maine Department of Corrections. I kid you not.

I know I have not been doing many "Scissors Craft" posts, but it's winter and cooking has become both my creative outlet and a top priority (salads don't quite cut it when it's 30 degrees out). I promise once the kids go back to school, I will be up to some major craftiness.

1 comment:

  1. lol i gave my husband a sabji recipe from bed and wouldn't you know it...i found his cooking to be superb!


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