Recipe repost: Minestrone soup

A few years ago when I first started this blog – I can’t believe it’s been that long! – I posted a recipe for my mom’s minestrone soup. This is one of those meals that is deeply intertwined with my childhood memories.

Minestrone soup

When I was a kid our weekdays were pretty hectic. My parents both worked full time jobs, so we didn’t get home until close to 6 pm, when dad would pick up me and my sister from after school daycare. After our long days, there was nothing better than sitting around the table as a family and talking about our days while eating this soup for dinner along with my mom’s homemade tea biscuits (I’ll have to post the recipe for those some day – they are the most perfect buttery, flaky biscuits).

This soup is still one of my favourite meals, which is why I wanted to dig up the recipe from my old post and share it with you again!

Minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

Serves 5- 6

2 tbsp olive oil
1 cooking onion, diced
1 large carrot or 2 small carrots, sliced
28 oz can diced tomatoes (low sodium)
3 cups vegetable stock (low sodium)
2 tbsp tomato paste
19 oz can chickpeas
19 oz can red kidney beans
1/2 cup frozen corn
150 g frozen spinach
1 – 2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Salt to taste
Parmesan cheese for topping

In a large pot heat up the olive oil. Add the onion, then reduce heat to low and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the carrot and continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes. When the carrot has started to soften, add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock and tomato paste. Bring to a boil then cover with lid, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the chickpeas, kidney beans, frozen corn, spinach, oregano and Italian seasoning and cook for another 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.

Minestrone soup

What meal brings back childhood memories for you?

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12 Responses to Recipe repost: Minestrone soup

  1. Love this recipe! Minestrone soup is one of my favorites and such a classic comfort food for me. Totally going to try this recipe!

  2. Oh yum!! Love hearty bowls of soup like minestrone- the chunkier the better :-)! I would normally pair it with a crusty roll of bread but buttery biscuits sound even better! Roast chicken stuffed with a curried pilaf takes me back to my childhood- it was lunch almost every Saturday/Sunday yet we never got bored of it!

  3. Nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup… especially when it brings back great childhood memories :) My mom made an awesome tomato soup for me all the time when I was little, as well as a split pea soup that I was super fond of… But I'd have to say that the thing that reminds me most of my childhood is her buttermilk pancakes. I've never quite been able to make them like she did, and with a sprinkle of icing sugar they were pretty heavenly.

  4. My mom made something called spaghetti casserole and it is STILL a huge family favorite. Her recipe was: sautee onions and ground beef, mix with tomato sauce, combine with pasta, put in a baking dish, top with a sour cream + mozzarella cheese mixture and cover with crescent rolls then bake. Heavenly. As a healthier vegetarian I've toyed with the recipe quite a bit but the nostalgia is still there!

  5. Minestrone is so simple, yet so delicious. I love a classic bowl of vegetable soup :).

  6. minestrone soup is delicious. So simple and tasty!Grilled cheese and homemade mac and cheese bring back childhood memories for me…apparently, my family is big into cheese? I knew I got it from somewhere :-p

  7. Mmm probably grilled cheese and tomato soup :) It was one of the few things that everyone in my family agreed was good and would eat haha…loved having it on cold winter nights with everyone sitting around the table :)

  8. I love minestrone soup and you are such a tease with mentioning those biscuits! Please post the recipe. This is going to sound bad but my best food memories from childhood are me and my family going out to mexican or this grill called frankies. or me just whipping up my own Mac n Cheese lol

  9. Minestrone is a classic in my house as well! My gram used to make it whenever she came to visit or when we would go visit her… major Italian gramma for ya haha. Also my other grandma (dad's mom) used to make (what I feel were) the BEST chocolate chip cookies! Classic grandma activity right there :)

  10. omg i LOVE minestrone soup! confession: I've only ever had it out of a Progresso Soup can. It reminds me of my high school days of fast dinners in between dance company rehearsals and ballet classes! I'll have to make this sometime soon. As for my favorite childhood memory recipe – that would definitely be mom's homemade chicken soup (which she still makes for me when I feel crappy – I ate so much of it during my surgery recovery!)

  11. Ahh, I was JUST chatting with my girlfriends about minestrone soup tonight! Too funny! One of them was telling us that she ate the most amazing bowl at an Italian restaurant the other night. It wasn't traditional minestrone, though, because it contained chicken and a touch of cream, but even so, I want to try it! Your minestrone looks SO good, Chelsea! I always trust "mom recipes" more than any others; they're 100% foolproof! I love the addition of corn and spinach, too. The foods that most remind me of my childhood are macaroni and cheese, and cheese grits. I'd request one or the other whenever it was my turn to pick dinner each month. My love for cheese hasn't changed!Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and Happy Easter! <3

  12. How great is it to enjoy a meal with family? My parents were both really busy when I was little too…my dad actually worked nights so we never really saw him, but my mom would always try to do her best to put a good meal on the table for my sister and me. Unfortunately, during the week, it was mostly boxed dinners (think Salisbury steak, chicken nuggets, and french fries) but on the weekends, she would take time to make some of my favorite meals: roast beef with potatoes and carrots, chicken pot pie, spaghetti, and chili! Mmm, yay for comfort food! ;)

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