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Rustic Caramelized Onion Minestrone

I can’t believe one ingredient makes such a big difference!

In our house, a big pot of soup is a staple when it comes feeding our family, and this veggie-rich minestrone is one of our favorites. It warms us from the inside out! With all the crazy schedules in our house, keeping a pot of soup on the burner is a great way for everyone to grab a bowl and eat as they move between activities.

Don’t let the fact that a veggie based soup fool you, as it might suggest something thin and not super filling. But this is a soup with some substance! Potatoes provide a heartier option to the traditional pasta, and well-caramelized onions are the secret to this soup’s flavorful broth. Try chopping all the vegetables, except the potatoes, on the weekend (when you have a little extra time) and then finishing the soup for a hot and hearty supper on a weekday. This recipe makes enough for a crowd, but you can always freeze any leftovers for a delicious meal at a later time.

Serves 8-10

90 minutes

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Rated by 10 reviewers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot. Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low, and continue cooking the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft and light brown in color, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and stir until fragrant.
  4. Pour vegetable stock into the pot slowly. Stir to scrape up and incorporate brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, cannellini beans, potatoes, carrots, celery and seasonings. Bring mixture to a slow boil then reduce heat to low.
  6. Simmer uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add green beans and peas. Stir well, and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
  8. Ladle into bowls, and serve with an optional side of crusty bread!

Recipe adapted from Think Eat Drink

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