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Easy, Healthy Springtime Minestrone Soup Recipe – Gluten Free

Healthy easy spring minestrone soup recipe

Every time spring arrives, I think of making my easy,healthy springtime minestrone soup recipe. One question I am asked whenever I make this is my minestrone soup gluten-free? Well, this easy minestrone soup recipe is gluten-free and just as delicious too. I pack in many classic flavor good-for-you ingredients into this amazing soup recipe.

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I chose avocado oil in this springtime minestrone soup because I love cooking with avocado oil. You can read all about the amazing health benefits of avocado oil here. I created this healthy minestrone soup recipe using gluten-free pasta, but if you typically eat regular pasta, substitute it with regular pasta. The brand of gluten-free pasta I prefer in this recipe is Jovial gluten-free elbow pasta.

So, there are two star ingredients in this quick and healthy minestrone soup recipe. Kidney beans and tomatoes. These two ingredients make this easy gluten-free soup not only flavorful, but also packed with nutrients that your body needs.

Kidney Beans Health Benefits

I often recommend beans to be included in a healthy diet due to their high nutritional profile. Beans are a wonderful source of complex carbohydrates. In addition, they provide protein, as well as vitamins and minerals to support a healthy body.

Above all, they are remarkable for repairing your skin, keeping your bowels regular with prebiotic fiber, and superb at regulating cellular growth within the colon. Prebiotic fiber ferments within the colon, forming short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). These short-chain fatty acids, including butyrate, acetate, and propionate, have been linked to a reduction in the risk of colon cancer by improving your colon health (1, 2).

Studies have shown that people who eat diets higher in fiber control their weight management easier, because it keeps people fuller longer, thus less overeating (3). Beans are also excellent for controlling spikes in blood sugar. So, that is a few reasons why I chose to add kidney beans to this minestrone soup recipe.

KIDNEY BEANS KEY NUTRIENTS

Protein | Fiber | Iron | Manganese | Folate | Potassium | Copper | Vitamin K1 | Molybdenum | B vitamins

TOMATO KEY NUTRIENTS

Antioxidants | Vitamin C | Flavanones | Flavanols | Carotenoids | Lycopene | Lutei | Zeaxanthin | Beta-carotene

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Eating tomatoes helps protect the skin through its photo-protective benefits. For example, tomatoes are high in lycopene, and beta-carotene helps protect the skin from UV damage, including wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Cooking tomatoes actually increases lycopene absorption. In addition, tomatoes are also high in potassium, which helps keep your electrolytes in balance. You can read more about the full nutritional report on tomatoes here.

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Healthy easy spring minestrone soup recipe

Quick & Easy Spring Minestrone Soup


  • Author: Laura Villanueva
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Every time spring arrives, I think of making my quick and healthy gluten-free minestrone soup. This nourishing soup is the perfect addition to a spring afternoon lunch.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 28-0unce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 15ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free pasta of choice (penne or elbow macaroni).
  • 1 cup red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

1. In a large soup pot heat 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Add the diced onions, carrots, green beans, and celery.  Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. The onions will soften and become translucent.

2. Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of avocado oil,  and garlic. Cook for an additional 1 minute.  

3. Add the vegetable broth, tomatoes, oregano, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for 5 more minutes. 

4. Raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil. Then add in the pasta. Lower the heat to simmer and cook the pasta for 7-9 minutes, until al dente. Add in the canned beans. Cover the pot, remove from the heat, and let sit for 2 minutes.  Serve or store to reheat for a meal the next day. 

Notes

Rich in iron and potassium.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 166
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Sodium: 830 mg
  • Fat: 1.8 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 27.6 grams
  • Fiber: 6.7 grams
  • Protein: 9.8 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: gluten-free recipe, easy lunch recipe, cozy dinner recipe, soup recipe, minestrone soup

Enjoy This Easy, Healthy Springtime Minestrone Soup Recipe!

Did you try out my easy and healthy gluten-free springtime minestrone soup recipe for a delicious spring lunch idea.

Let me know in the comments below. Meanwhile, connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva

REFERENCES:

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  2. Havenaar R. Intestinal health functions of colonic microbial metabolites: a review. Benef Microbes. 2011 Jun;2(2):103-14. doi: 10.3920/BM2011.0003. PMID: 21840809.
  3. Jovanovski E, Mazhar N, Komishon A, Khayyat R, Li D, Blanco Mejia S, Khan T, L Jenkins A, Smircic-Duvnjak L, L Sievenpiper J, Vuksan V. Can dietary viscous fiber affect body weight independently of an energy-restrictive diet? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Feb 1;111(2):471-485. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz292. PMID: 31897475.

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