This easy, one pot Lentil Minestrone Soup is loaded with vegetables, protein packed lentils and plenty of pasta! It’s thick, hearty and perfect for a cold day!
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Is there anything better than a bowl of hot soup on a cold day? I love how it immediately warms you up from the inside out. Winter is definitely the season where I make the most soups. I especially love when I make one that I can freeze and reheat on a day I don’t have time to make dinner.
Minestrone soup has always been one of my favorites. I love all the vegetables, beans and pasta in it and how hearty and filling it is. Typically minestrone uses kidney and or white beans. However, I’m a huge fan of lentils and thought they would be a wonderful addition to this Lentil Minestrone Soup!
Ingredients Needed to Make Lentil Minestrone Soup
Italian seasoning, dried oregano, dried basil, bay leaf
brown or green lentils
Parmesan cheese rind (optional)
How to Make Lentil Minestrone Soup
This is an easy to make, one pot soup. Start by sautéing the carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper until they start to soften. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic and spices and cook for another minute or two before adding in the tomatoes, lentils, Parmesan cheese rind, bay leaf, vegetable broth and water.
Stir everything together and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling cover the pot partially with a lid and lower the heat so that it’s simmering. After the soup simmers for 15 minutes, add in the kale, cannellini beans and pasta. Stir everything together and let it simmer with the lid off for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
Once the pasta is cooked, stir in the peas, remove the bay leaf and Parmesan cheese rind. Taste the soup for seasoning and then serve it topped with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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Tip For the Best Soup
- Cut your vegetables into similar sizes so that they cook at the same rate.
- Use the Parmesan cheese rind as it adds a wonderful nutty, cheesy flavor to the soup.
- Rinse and drain the lentils and beans. Also, be sure to check your lentils for rocks or debris because no one wants to crack a tooth while eating soup.
- Don’t overcook the pasta. Remember that the heat of the soup will continue to cook it even after it’s served.
- If you plan to freeze the soup add the pasta in separately. If you freeze the pasta in the soup it will likely be mushy after you defrost it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Different Vegetables in the Soup?
Yes. I recommend butternut squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, spinach, zucchini, leeks or green beans.
Can I Make this Soup Vegan or Gluten Free?
Yes. For vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese rind and skip the shredded cheese on top. For gluten free, simply substitute wheat pasta with your favorite gluten free brand.
More Easy Soup Recipes
- Italian Lentil and Vegetable Soup
- Southwest Chicken and Rice Soup
- Turkey Taco Soup
- Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
- Thai Sweet Potato Carrot Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup dried brown lentils, picked over for debris and rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Parmesan cheese rind (optional)
- 32 ounces Zoup! Good, Really Good® Veggie Broth
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups chopped kale
- 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup uncooked pasta such as shells, macaroni or rotini
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley for garnish
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, salt and pepper to the pot and cook until the vegetables have softened, 6-8 minutes. Stir often. Add in the garlic, spices and tomato paste and cook another 1-2 minutes.
- Pour in the tomatoes, lentils, Parmesan cheese rind, bay leaf, veggie broth and water. Stir everything together and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover the pot partially with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pot and add in the kale, cannellini beans and pasta. Continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the frozen peas. Pull out the bay leaf and Parmesan cheese rind.
- Taste the soup for seasoning and adjust if needed. Serve in bowls topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 13gSugar: 10gProtein: 14g