Minestrone Soup

With any combination of leafy greens, vegetables and beans, this beloved Italian favourite can be thrown together with whatever's in your pantry. Ours includes corn, courgette, carrot, garbanzo beans and kidney beans.

Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 240 ml (1 cup) chicken stock
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 30 g (¼ cup) onion, peeled. diced
  • ½ stalk celery, diced
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato purée
  • 60 g (¼ cup) tinned garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained
  • 65 g (½ cup) zucchini, cubed, steamed
  • 130 g (½ cup) kidney beans, drained
  • 30 g (¼ cup) corn
  • 25 g (¼ cup) grated Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Place the broth, tomatoes, garlic, carrot, onion, celery, pepper, oregano, basil, salt, and tomato paste into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.
  5. Reduce speed to Variable 1 and remove the lid plug.
  6. Add chickpeas, zucchini, kidney beans, corn and cheese through the lid plug opening. Replace the lid plug.
  7. Blend for 1-5 seconds, or until desired texture is reached.