Santa’s Minestrone

Santa's Minestrone | According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to #minestrone, "almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe." So why not the North Pole? This #vegan minestrone is delicious and hearty with a smoky broth to boot. // Homegrown Provisions #soup #holidays #kale

According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to minestrone, “almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe.” So why not the North Pole? This is my imagining of Santa’s Minestrone. A warm, filling bowl, perfect for when Santa needs a break. Using traditional Italian ingredients like lacinato kale and chickpeas, this satisfying soup is full of rich, smoky flavor and hearty ingredientsprotein-rich chickpeas, brown rice macaroni, and anti-inflammatory kale. It’s quick and easy to make, incredibly satisfying and entirely vegan.

Santa's Minestrone | According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to #minestrone, "almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe." So why not the North Pole? This #vegan minestrone is delicious and hearty with a smoky broth to boot. // Homegrown Provisions #soup #holidays #kaleSanta's Minestrone | According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to #minestrone, "almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe." So why not the North Pole? This #vegan minestrone is delicious and hearty with a smoky broth to boot. // Homegrown Provisions #soup #holidays #kale

This lovely, filling bowl of Santa’s Minestrone is ideal for chilly winter nights and busy holiday schedules. Best of all, leftovers transform into an even tastier bowl the next day. I hope you enjoy this winter warmer as much as Santa does!

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Santa's Minestrone | According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to #minestrone, "almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe." So why not the North Pole? This #vegan minestrone is delicious and hearty with a smoky broth to boot. // Homegrown Provisions #soup #holidays #kale

Santa’s Minestrone

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (peeled and diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled and minced)
  • 2 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 carrots (trimmed, peeled and sliced)
  • 1, 28 oz. can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 5 cups vegan vegetable broth or stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1, 15 oz. can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 1/3 cups brown rice macaroni
  • 2 1/2 cups lacinato kale, plus extra for topping (chiffonade style)
  • juice of 1/2 of a small lemon
  • coarse sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, toast the cumin seeds for 1 minute over moderate heat until fragrant. (Shake the pan to keep the seeds moving.)
  2. Add the olive oil and shallot, and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  3. Then add the diced garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so, before adding the sliced carrots, tomato paste, and smoked paprika. Stir well to coat the onion/garlic/carrot mixture in the paste and spices.
  4. Add the fire roasted tomatoes, vegetable broth and bay leaf. Bring the minestrone to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and bring the soup down to a simmer. Allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Now stir in the chickpeas and macaroni, and continue to simmer the soup for another 7-10 minutes.
  6. Turn down the heat to low; remove the bay leaf and stir in the lacinato kale. Cook the kale until it begins to wilt. Stir in lemon juice and season the minestrone with sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  7. Ladle Santa’s Minestrone into bowls and top with more lacinato kale as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • As Santa’s Minestrone stands, the pasta will absorb the broth, turning this soup into more of a stew. If a thinner soup is what you’re after, add more broth  (1/4 cup at a time) until the soup reaches your desired consistency. 

Santa's Minestrone | According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to #minestrone, "almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe." So why not the North Pole? This #vegan minestrone is delicious and hearty with a smoky broth to boot. // Homegrown Provisions #soup #holidays #kale

December 6, 2018

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    Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    December 20, 2018

    I love how you always put your own interesting spin on traditional recipes, Shannon! Sounds like the perfect cozy (and easy!) meal for Christmas week! Can’t wait to try it!

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      Shannon

      December 21, 2018

      Thank you, thank you, Jen! Your sweet comment made my day merry & bright!

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