Minestrone Soup

Healthy and packed with flavor.

Minestrone soup

This recipe was inspired by the Sardinian diet, where people live into old age leading active, traditional lives in the hilly countryside of the Mediterranean.  It is both soothing and revitalizing and I enjoy it most served with warm bread dipped in olive oil and dukkah, a simple nut and spice blend. This recipe is equally enjoyable 1-3 days after it is made.


1 onion
1 small bulb of fennel, include stalks and fronds
4 carrots
4 stalks celery
1/3 cup white wine
1 tsp salt, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp fresh rosemary
2 tsp fresh sage
1/4 tsp cayenne, or to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 13 oz can tomatoes, diced
2 quarts chicken broth OR vegetable broth for vegan
2/3 cup quinoa
1/2 cup dry spaghetti, broken into 1 inch pieces, or small pasta

Chop the veggies into the small pieces. Salute the onions, fennel, and 1/4 tsp salt for about 5 minutes. Then add carrots and celery and sauté for about 4 minutes. Thinly slice the sage, and rosemary and add to vegetables and stir. Add the wine and tomatoes with their juice, followed by the rest of the ingredients, minus the pasta. Cook for about 15 minutes and add the pasta when the quinoa is still al dente. Once pasta is al dente turn the heat off and allow the soup to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Garnish with lemon, parsley, or parmesan (optional).

This recipe is flexible and how you like it depends on your taste. You can try substituting ingredients or herbs to make new combinations. First, however, I do recommend trying it as is for a dependable and delicious version of minestrone.