Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup – the perfect homemade comforting meal on a chilly day. Best of all, this classic minestrone soup recipe is healthy, hearty & full of fresh vegetables and beans.

INGREDIENTS

1 small onion , about 1/3 cup, diced
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 medium carrot (about 1 cup) , chopped
1 large celery stalk (about 1 cup) , chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 32 oz can diced tomatoes ,
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 (32 oz carton - 4 cups) low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium zucchini (around 2/3 cups) , sliced into halves or quarters
1/4 cup canned or cooked red kidney beans , drained and rinsed (leave out for paleo & low carb)
1/4 cup canned or cooked cannellini beans, chickpeas OR great northern beans , drained and rinsed (leave out for paleo & low carb)
water - add only as much as needed to cover vegetables
1/4 cup dried small shell pasta , (use gluten free if necessary)(leave out for paleo & low carb and add chopped cauliflower & green beans instead))
1 cup fresh baby spinach chopped , optional
1/2 - 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar , optional but adds great flavor
Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese , for serving
Fresh parsley finely chopped , for garnish (optional)

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