MODMED Recipe: Mediterranean Style Minestrone Soup

You all asked for Mediterranean Diet recipes and you shall receive! My husband and I are huge soup fans and especially in the fall months, it’s nice to curl up inside with a warm bowl of something delish!

You’ll notice I added a couple of things to my soup that aren’t typically in a minestrone recipe, but that’s because my hubby is a big guy and also works outside through the winter so he likes for our soup to be hearty. You can do this too, and just scoop out your serving before you add the gnocchi. You can also easily substitute the turkey sausage for a vegan option or leave it out all together, it’s just nice for some added protein. The gnocchis can also be replaced with noodles or quinoa (if you’re following a Mediterranean Style diet, you’ll want to go with the quinoa.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped small
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 28oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 16oz. Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 16oz. Can Great Northern Beans
  • 1 32oz. Carton of Vegetable Broth
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (or the vegan option of your choice)
  • 1 package mini gnocchis (or 1 cup cooked quinoa)

What to Do:

1. Wash and chop all your veggies. Prepare a soup pot on the stove and add olive oil to the bottom. Turn on to medium heat to preheat the pot.

2. Add the veggies starting with the garlic. You’ll want to cook the veggies for about 10 minutes until they’re soft. While you’re cooking the veggies down, chop tour sausage and pan sear it in a different skillet.

3. Add the diced tomatoes and your herbs and spices and let incorporate through the veggie mixture.

4. Drop in the seared sausage to the soup and add the carton of stock. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then add two cups of water and your gnocchi or cooked quinoa. Let simmer for 30 minutes and serve!

The reason I like the gnocchi in this recipe is because the noodles tend to absorb the liquid of the soup, where as the gnocchi do not. But like I mentioned before, it would be very easy to sub most of the non-veggie ingredients in this recipe to suit your family. Let me know if you make it below and how it goes 🙂

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