Minestrone Soup – The Free Form Version

Jeannine Verriest | 03 May 2019
For me, soup is all about a nourishing bowl of goodness that warms your body and soothes your soul. It is a great way of creating from leftovers for lunches and getting loads of veggies to keep your body healthy and happy.

When it comes to food, we all have different tastes, so I have included a few variations depending on what feels right for your body and what you love.

Ingredients:

  • Garlic – about 5 cloves depending on your taste, crushed
  • Onion – 1 to 2, roughly diced
  • Carrots – 2 to 3, diced
  • Zucchini – 2 to 3, diced
  • Potato – 1 large, diced
  • Capsicum – 1 large, diced
  • Green beans – about 1 cup, sliced into lengths that would fit on your spoon
  • Celery – 2 stalks, diced
  • Corn – 1 fresh cob
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • Herbs – any that you like, such as thyme, basil, oregano, bay leaves, chili, parsley, paprika
  • Additional possible veggies you may like to add or substitute – mushrooms, eggplant, spinach, peas
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • About 1L of vegetable stock or water
  • 2 tins of diced tomatoes or half passatta and half diced tomatoes
  • Additions – olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, pasta (traditional but optional)

Method:

  1. Place the onions, garlic and chili (optional) into a large pot with some olive oil. You may like to add celery (I like to add it later so it still has a bit of crunch). Allow these to cook for a few minutes before adding in your potatoes and carrots. Let this mixture cook for about 5 minutes stirring often so it doesn’t stick.
  2. Add about 500ml of stock and the tomato paste, then allow the hard veggies to cook for about 10 more minutes.
  3. You can now add in veggies such as capsicum, green beans, celery, kidney beans and herbs, along with your diced tomatoes and the rest of your stock. Let this cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the corn, zucchini, peas or lighter veggies and check the balance of liquid to veg (if you are adding pasta, now may be a good time to do so). You may like to add in more stock/water/tomatoes depending on how thick/watery you want the mixture. I would recommend adding a teaspoon or two of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomato and add salt (a high-quality pink Himalayan or rock salt) and pepper to taste.
  5. Allow your mixture to simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how cooked you like your veg.

Enjoy with delicious, fresh sourdough bread/toast in the company of your loved ones.

About Jeannine Verriest

Jeannine Verriest is a consciousness facilitator offering a holistic and counselling service that seeks to bring greater balance to your body, mind and soul. Using a broad range of therapeutic techniques it empowers clients to reach their full potential, find meaning in their life and dissolve negative experiences, emotions or situations that are preventing them from reaching their goals.

Jeannine also works with businesses by addressing the energetic framework of the entity rather than just the people or systems in it. She does this through connecting the owner to their business as a separate entity, and investigating and exploring areas for improvement as well as providing insights and consultation to achieve sound solutions. 

Jeannine has a degree in Social Science, as well as Diplomas in Counselling and Forensic Healing. She has co-authored a book and had her remote healing sessions featured in Good Health Magazine. Contact with Jeannine on Facebook or Instagram.

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