A gluten-free and vegetarian soup that's a perfect way to enjoy Summer produce! Made with zucchini, summer squash, green beans, swiss chard and so much more, it's fresh-tasting enough to enjoy on a warm evening, cozy enough to enjoy on a cool evening. Plus, it's hearty and satisfying enough to be a meal!
Summer Minestrone Soup
Fresh, Nourishing and Delicious!
We love a good soup all year round and this gluten-free Summer Minestrone Soup is a perfect way to enjoy so much Summer produce!
It’s made with zucchini, summer squash, green beans, swiss chard and so much more, making it fresh tasting enough for a warm Summer evening, but cozy enough to enjoy on a cool evening.
Plus it has white beans and gluten-free pasta making hearty and satisfying enough for a meal!
So let’s make it!
There’s a cooking video on this page so you can see how easy it is to make it. If you’re new to the website, there’s a printable recipe on the on the bottom of the page with exact measurements and directions.
Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients! It takes some time to cut everything, but then the soup simmers to perfection and it’s worth it!
Here’s what you need:
Canned or boxed:
extra virgin olive oil
dried oregano, salt & pepper
gluten-free shells or ditalini pasta
And like I said, after you’ve gathered and chopped all your ingredients, it basically just cooks!
Like with most soups, it starts with a base of carrots, celery and onions sauteed in olive oil. I also use leeks because I love their flavor and they feel Summery to me!
I like to saute the carrots and celery a few minutes first, so that they get a head start cooking as they take longer then the onion and leeks, then add the onions and leeks.
Then stir in the salt, pepper and garlic.
The you add most of the rest of the ingredients — the broth and water, cannellini beans, zucchini, squash, green beans, diced tomatoes and dried oregano, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, or when you’re ready to serve, simultaneously cook the gluten-free pasta and add in the swiss chard and basil.
I recommend cooking the pasta separately so that it stays freshest and you can control the cooking time.
Then if you have any leftover soup, you can just add fresh pasta, or even enjoy it without! The flavor of the soup is so delicious all on its own!
For the pasta, you can use any brand or shape you love, but I recommend either gluten-free shells or ditalini. The smaller shape works well with the soup and holds its form well.
A gluten-free and vegetarian soup that's a perfect way to enjoy Summer produce! It's fresh-tasting enough to enjoy on a warm evening, cozy enough to enjoy on a cool evening. Plus, it's hearty and satisfying enough to be a meal!
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Soup, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 servings.
Summer Minestrone Soup
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ cup carrots, diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ cup onions, diced
½- 1 cup leeks, sliced thin
½ teaspoon pepper
½- 1 teaspoon salt, depending on taste (I used regular salt, not kosher)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on size and preference)
4 cups vegetable (or chicken broth if not making vegetarian)
1 can diced tomatoes, including liquid
1 15.5oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups water
1 summer squash , cut into ½ inch pieces, then into quarters
1 zucchini, cut into ½ inch pieces, then quarters
1 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cups, swiss chard, coarsely chopped
½ cup basil, torn or cut into strips or pieces
1- 1½ cups gluten-free Shells or ditalini pasta (approximately ¼ cup per bowl)
grated Parmesan cheese
In a large dutch oven or soup pan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering but not burning. Add carrots and celery and sauté five minutes.
Add onion and leaks sauté an additional five minutes or until tender.
Add salt and pepper stir to combine simmer 30 seconds then add garlic start a combine simmer one minute.
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