Delicious & Healthy Tuscan Minestrone Soup Recipe
During the winter months, this Tuscan Minestrone Soup Recipe is the perfect comfort food. I use Canadian Bacon instead of traditional bacon, making it a fantastic healthy meal to kick in those New Year resolutions. The addition of Tuscan kale over spinach adds great texture and is an even more nutrient dense ingredient. White canella beans and the familiar flavor of rosemary also give this recipe a nice winter twist.
Using an Herb Holder for Your Soups
One of my favorite culinary purchases has been the addition of using a Herb Holder (also known as a Spice Ball or Soup Infuser ) for my soups. They can also be used to infuse large batches of tea. I find that rosemary can often become overpowering and an herb holder is a perfect way to add just enough flavor. When making this recipe you’ll want to continue checking your soup every few minutes as it simmers and remove your herb holder once the flavor of rosemary is perfect for your taste.
Here is a List of Other Vegetables You Can Also Add to This Minestrone Soup Recipe.
One of the reasons I love making minestrone soup is because it can be customized in so many different ways. Here is a list of other vegetables and ingredients that are perfect to add to your minestrone soup.
- Green Beans (even canned work great)
- Celery (I am not a fan of celery, it is strangely one of my least favorite foods)
- Kidney Beans
- Spinach (I love the texture of Tuscan Kale so much more but spinach is always an option)
What If I’m Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free?
Additionally, if you are vegetarian or vegan you can completely omit the Canadian bacon and use vegetable stock instead of beef stock. If you are gluten-free you can easily add gluten-free pasta. To add more fiber to your diet, I highly recommend adding whole wheat pasta. Whole wheat pasta is a staple in my home, but unfortunately I could not find a whole wheat option for the smaller pasta variations. Next time, I will likely opt for using my whole wheat spiral pasta which I get from Trader Joes. It is loaded full of fiber and so good for you. I always love to give options and variations for my recipes so they can be adjusted to fit everyone’s taste and dietary needs.
To make this Tuscan Minestrone Soup recipe even healthier I added a container of Beef Bone Broth. These cartons are typically half the size of regular beef stock so if you did not want to use Bone Broth you could just add a half container of beef stock instead. Bone Broth is an amazing addition that adds an additional 20g of protein and 6g of collagen. I was ecstatic when Trader Joes began selling this item. If you do not live near a Trader Joes, Kettle is also a very popular brand for their Bone Broth varietals. I highly recommend adding these into all your soups for additional health benefits.
Delicious & Healthy Tuscan Minestrone Recipe
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 whole shallot chopped
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary placed in herb holder
- 1 bushel tuscan kale chopped
- 6 whole baby carrots or 1 large carrot chopped
- 1/2 cup peas fresh or frozen
- 6 slices Canadian bacon diced
- 1 can Cannellini beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes large can
- 1 cup mini shell pasta you can use any small pasta, sub for gluten free or whole wheat pasta
- 1 block parmesan cheese cutting of the rind to add to your soup and grate to top when serving
- 1 carton beef stock use vegetable stock if creating a vegetarian or vegan recipe.
- 1 carton beef bone broth option, if not used add an additional 1/2 of beef broth
- 1 tsp salt & pepper
- First you want to heat up a small amount of Olive Oil into your pot on medium high heat. Once its heated add your chopped garlic and shallots, cooking until lightly golden.
- Then reduce heat to medium and add your diced carrots and Canadian bacon. Cook for a few minutes until carrots begin to soften.
- Next add your chopped Tuscan kale in small batches until cooked down. Then add the peas, Cannellini beans, diced tomatoes, and parmesan cheese rinds. There is no need to drain the tomatoes or beans. I also prefer to chop the tomatoes into even smaller pieces. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Then add your Beef Stock, Bone Broth, salt and pepper.
- Add 2-3 sprigs of rosemary to your soup infuser and add to your soup. Bring to a slow boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until carrots are almost soft.
- Finally add your pasta and continue to simmer for another 5-7 minutes until your pasta has finished cooking. Since this pasta is smaller it takes a lot less time to cook. If you are using a larger pasta or whole wheat pasta you can add this when you add the carrots.
- When your soup is finished, ladle into bowls and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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