Red Lentil Pasta Minestrone Soup (Vegan, Paleo)

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The weather is finally starting to feel a bit more like winter, and one of my favorite things to warm up to is a healthy but hearty soup. One of the best things about soup is that you can cater it to your needs –  vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free – and use just about any seasonings and vegetables you have on hand!

Today, I am sharing one of my favorites – minestrone soup! It is healthy, vegetarian-friendly, tastes delicious, and simple to make! I love making big batches at the start of the week for lunches or a quick weeknight dinner after work. It is also freezer friendly, which is perfect for those times you are in a pinch and need something quick.

A classic minestrone soup usually consists of vegetables, a base of pasta or rice, and a tomato broth. Today, I used carrots, zucchini, spinach, celery, diced tomatoes, broth, and Barilla® Red Lentil Rotini! I opted for this grain-free pasta because it is made with just ONE simple ingredient; red lentils! There are no extra ingredients or flavors added to this pasta; no gums, fillers, or preservatives.

This soup recipe is a one-pot meal. After you decide which vegetables you would like to use, you add them all into a big pot with broth, allow it to simmer until the vegetables are tender, then add in the pasta for the last 7 minutes. I think that this type of soup is a great way to use all the leftover vegetables in the fridge, making it flexible to ensure that everyone will love it; more greens, fewer greens, or using seasonal vegetables!

I like to serve the minestrone soup with crispy sourdough bread. The recipe yields enough for about 6-8 servings and can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze to keep for longer. Leftovers can be easily heated up any night of the week over the stovetop!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Lentil pasta is great for people who are gluten-free or those who want to incorporate more varieties of protein in their diet. Lentils are a great source of protein which helps keep you full longer but also helps build healthy muscles. Lentils are also high in fiber and iron. Fiber aids in digestion and iron can help prevent anemia and fatigue.

By Camryn Goldstein

Red Lentil Pasta Minestrone Soup (Vegan, Paleo)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 box of dry Red Lentil Pasta
24 ounces of broth (*I used store-bought vegetable broth)
2 cups of canned diced tomatoes (About 15 oz, do not drain)
1 large carrot, chopped
1 cup large zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
Pinch of sea salt
SEASONINGS TO TASTE: turmeric, ginger, pepper, thyme, oregano.
2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add in the chopped carrots, zucchini, and celery. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes.

  3. Add seasonings of choice, the canned tomatoes (do not drain!), and the broth. Allow to simmer over the stove for about 20 minutes; covered.
  4. Taste test and adjust. Add the red lentil pasta to the pot, cover, and allow to cook for an additional 7 minutes or until the pasta has reached the consistency of your preference.
  5. Serve warm!
In a large pot, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the chopped carrots, zucchini, and celery. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Add seasonings of choice, the canned tomatoes (do not drain!), and the broth. Allow to simmer over the stove for about 20 minutes; covered. Taste test and adjust. Add the red lentil pasta to the pot, cover, and allow to cook for an additional 7 minutes or until the pasta has reached the consistency of your preference. Serve warm!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 345; Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 130 mg; Potassium: 334 mg; Carbohydrate: 55 g; Fiber: 10 g; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 20 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 24%; Vitamin A: 49%; Iron: 15%; Calcium: 12%

Try seasoning the soup with Further Food Turmermic Tonic for an anti-inflammatory boost!

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