Fall Minestrone Soup

I’ve never made a minestrone before. In fact, I always liked the idea of them, but canned minestrone never really made my taste buds dance in joy. So I decided to experiment. I looked around online, found two recipes that looked good and mashed them together to create this perfect fall minestrone soup.

I’ve never eaten a leek before, either. Or black-eyed peas. But both are welcome additions, not only in the soup, but in my culinary repertoire.


1/4 a bag of gluten-free penne pasta

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 leek, white and tender greens, chopped

2 celery ribs, diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced

4 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped

4 small red potatoes (or 1 large baking potato), diced

1/3 butternut squash, peeled and diced

6 cups vegetable broth

1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 15-ounce can of black-eyed peas, drained

1 15-ounce can of red kidney beans, drained

1 bay leaf

Dried thyme, basil, oregano, to taste

1 bunch kale, ripped into bite-sized pieces.


1. Add the onion, garlic and olive oil to a large pot, cooking over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook the gluten-free penne pasta according to the directions on the bag in a small pot on the stovetop. Turn off and drain when the pasta is al dente, almost completely cooked. If desired, chop into smaller pieces.

3. Add the leek, celery, carrot and parsley, cooking for about three minutes.

4. Add the potatoes, butternut squash, broth, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, bay leaf and spices. Bring to a boil and let simmer about 20 minutes, or until the squash and potato chunks are tender.

5. Add the pasta and kale, cooking for about three more minutes. Then enjoy!


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Categories: Season: Fall, Soup


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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