Phew! It was so cold outside today. And yesterday we even had some snow. It’s maybe hard to believe, but I’m actually already in some kind of spring mood. I even bought some tulips for our kitchen and it looks so much like spring now. I mean it’s February, so basically it’s almost March and this means it’s almost spriiiing!! So please go away, winter! I’m SO ready for spring. But there’s one really good thing about winter: SOUP! Actually I wasn’t the biggest fan of soup when I grew up, but now I can’t get enough of it. There’s nothing better than a hearty soup on cold days. My new favorite is this vegan minestrone soup with white beans and pasta shells. The recipe is super simple, delicious, and filling. Plus, it’s so healthy with all these fresh veggies.
What You Need For This Vegan Minestrone Soup
As I already said, you’ll need white beans. I usually use canned cannellini beans, because I’m too lazy to cook them myself. Especially during the week I just don’t have enough time to do that. So canned beans and other legumes are a great alternative. Then you’ll need some small pasta shapes, like small shells. You could also use macaroni instead. And then of course a ton of fresh veggies, which will make this vegan minestrone soup a super healthy weeknight dinner! I used carrots, leek, celery, and a zucchini. As always, you can find the full recipe in a separate recipe box beneath the text section. To make it easier for you guys it’s even printable.
I used a special spice blend that helps you digest legumes much better to season this vegetable minestrone. It contains summer savory, sage brush, caraway seeds, and galangal. For my readers from Germany and Austria, it’s the new spice blend “Wieder gut!” from Sonnentor. If you’re a huge fan of legumes like me you should really give this a try. It’s not only super yummy, but it really helps you digest beans and lentils much easier. If you can’t get hold of this spice blend, you can also use herbs de Provence instead or any other Mediterranean spice blend that contains basil, oregano, rosemary etc. The vegan minestrone soup is best served with some fresh oregano and maybe some whole wheat bread.
I hope you like this vegan minestrone soup as much as I do. Let me know if you give it a try.
Sina – xx