Crazy Easy, Hearty Minestrone Soup

I admit, there was a time in my life where I found myself hungry at night and felt it was just easier to order a pizza than to prepare something to eat from scratch. Picking up the phone and calling my local pizza place was easy. I didn’t have to think much and the food would be delivered, hot and ready to eat. As I started to learn more about my health I realized this was not the best plan. Aside from the disgustingly full belly at the end of the night, I really wasn’t doing much to nourish my body. Hell, I was young, I felt good and hadn’t yet been introduced to the garbage-in-garbage-out philosophy.

As I started running in triathlons I began to notice a pattern. Those nights I ate deep dish pizza for dinner were followed my horrible training sessions the next morning. As I dragged my ass down the trail I would repeat the mantra, ‘garbage-in-garbage-out, you did this to yourself’. Somewhere around this time I committed to a healthier lifestyle and decided I needed to have healthier options on hand for those nights I just wanted to order a pizza.

Enter: my Minestrone Soup Recipe. Hearty, delicious and a hell of a lot better for me than a Chicago Style Pizza. Yes, my soup contains noodles and no, they are not gluten free. However, they could be, should you be so inclined- or, if you are watching your carbs, leave them out (the potatoes too). The rest of the soup is marvelous! I keep some in my freezer, and heat it up on the stove when I need something nourishing fast. The base of my soup is Bone Broth. I used a combo of beef and chicken broth and it tastes incredible. If you know me, I am sure it doesn’t come as a shock that I make my own bone broth. It is extremely nourishing and easy to make, but if you don’t have your own, you can order it online or buy some boxed/canned stuff at the grocery store. I think the combo of the two is important for the flavor of the soup and the heartiness of the broth really does make a difference in how the soup satiates. So really, you don’t want to skimp.

crazy easy hearty minestrone soup
Crazy- Easy Hearty Minestrone Soup
Print Recipe
A great hearty soup to freeze and warm up when you are looking for something good to eat, like, now!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90 minutes 75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90 minutes 75 minutes
crazy easy hearty minestrone soup
Crazy- Easy Hearty Minestrone Soup
Print Recipe
A great hearty soup to freeze and warm up when you are looking for something good to eat, like, now!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90 minutes 75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
90 minutes 75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Chop carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, zucchini and spinach
    Crazy Easy Hearty Minestrone Soup
  2. Chop, potatoes, zucchini and spinach
    crazy easy hearty minestrone soup
  3. Add chicken bone broth, beef bone broth and diced tomatoes to a large sauce pan. Add chopped carrots, celery, onions, beans, Thyme, Sage, bay leaves 1/2 tsp pepper and 3/4 tsp salt. Heat on low heat in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours or on the stove top, simmer for 1.5 hours, covered.
    crazy easy hearty minestrone
  4. 30 minutes before soup is finished cooking, add potatoes, zucchini and pasta. Continue cooking for 30 minutes in the slow cooker or covered, on low on the stove top. Salt and pepper to taste, I usually add another 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Serve in bowls, garnish with Parmesan Cheese.
    crazy easy hearty minestrone soup
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