Quick and Easy Vegetable Minestrone Soup

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As much as I want it to, it is not getting any warmer around here. I am just getting colder and paler by the minute. Seriously, my arms are taking on a slight shade of purple…it’s not cute.

Cold weather really makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a really good book with a fire crackling in the background.

If I can’t make a fire then a nice hearty soup is the next best way to warm up!

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Quick and Easy Vegetable Minestrone Soup

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  • 26 ounces chunky tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces whole grain pasta (I used a gluten-free fusilli)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can great northern beans
  • 1 can small red or kidney beans
  • 1 onion
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free garlic and herb seasoning

 

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Start by warming the olive oil over medium heat and then add in the onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes.

I used another unnecessary cute dish for my garlic.

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Dump in pan, like so.

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Bring vegetable broth to a boil and add in the tomato sauce, vegetables, and seasonings.

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Stir to combine and then lower heat. Allow to simmer while boiling a separate pot of water for the pasta and cook as directed by the package. Lastly, drain and add the pasta to the soup and serve hot!

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This soup is not only satisfying, but offers a punch Punch  of healthy nutrients, fiber, and protein!

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Perfect for a cold day!

I heard on the news this morning that Midwesterners are getting pounded by a ton of snow so I guess I can’t complain too much when the low here is only 39 degrees. If you live in that region of the U.S., I hope you are safe at home and keeping warm! And maybe even enjoying a good book.

Speaking of good books, I am currently reading this one.

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I know, I am like a year late to the Hunger Games party. Better late than never right?

Between working full time, cooking, cleaning, blogging and picking up extra hours at my second job, reading has unfortunately taken a back seat. I have been reading this for about a month, intermittently.

 

What is your favorite thing to do on a chilly day?